A recreational marijuana shop in Hudson may not open for a couple more weeks, despite approval from the state Cannabis Control Commission to open as early as Saturday, after town police said Wednesday they had not yet received the company’s traffic mitigation plan.
Temescal Wellness, which operates a medical dispensary in Hudson, received a “commence operations” notice from the commission Tuesday, which permits the company to open stores in Hudson and Pittsfield for recreational sales after three calendar days.
Marijuana companies are under no obligation to open immediately after the commission’s mandated three days, but the first five recreational stores to open have chosen to do so. The sixth store, opening this Friday, is also opening after three days.
Hudson police, however, said Wednesday the company has “not yet been authorized to open by local officials” because the company did not submit a traffic plan to police for approval.
“We want to ensure that Temescal Wellness has a strong plan in place to ensure that traffic impact is minimized and that public safety is guaranteed upon its opening,” Chief Michael D. Burks Sr. said. “We are committed to working with the business to ensure they have as smooth an opening as possible, but will not rush the opening at the expense of the public’s best interest.”
A spokeswoman for Temescal Wellness said the company is working with local police to coordinate a satellite parking lot for the store because of its proximity to Interstate 495.
“Although we have state-level approval to open, our operational and local requirements will dictate our opening day and we have assured Chief Burks of the Hudson Police Department that we will not open until he has approved our parking plan,” said Linda Katz, the spokeswoman.
Katz said the company expects to firm up its plans over the next day or two.
Companies are not required to submit traffic plans as part of their application to the Cannabis Control Commission, and Temescal Wellness in Hudson has received all the local approvals it needed to receive its final license, according to the commission.
Pittsfield police did not respond to questions about whether they had received a traffic mitigation plan from the company, or whether they required one, but Katz said they expect to open the Pittsfield store next week.Felicia Gans can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.