Two Marijuana Dispensaries Invited to Begin Applying for Locations in Watertown

A Town Council subcommittee narrowed down the applications for two marijuana dispensaries in town to operators seeking to open in locations in Watertown Square and on Pleasant Street. While the ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts prevents communities from banning pot from being sold, communities can limit the number of facilities. The Town Council has limited the number to three in Watertown. One dispensary has been approved to open at 23 Elm Street in the East End, and Town officials accepted applications for the other two dispensaries in town. Thursday evening, the Council’s Economic Development and Planning Committee reviewed the four applications, ultimately asked two to start the approval process: one at 48 North Beacon St.

Council Subcommittee Supports Agreement with Adult Use Marijuana Dispensary

A Town Council Subcommittee voted to recommend the full Council approve a Community Host Agreement with the group seeking to open an adult use marijuana dispensary in Watertown. The agreement is needed for the applicants, Natural Selections, to apply for a license to sell marijuana for recreational use from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission. The legislation that came out of the ballot question legalizing the sale of adult use marijuana does not allow the Town to prevent all dispensaries from opening in town, but it has limited the number to three. Before it can open, the dispensary would not only need a license from the state but also a special permit from the Watertown Zoning Board of Appeals. Natural Selections previously received approval from the Town and the state to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 23 Elm Street in East Watertown.

Proposed Marijuana Dispensary Holding Community Meeting

The group proposing to open a recreational marijuana dispensary in Watertown will be hosting a meeting to hear from the public. NS AJO Holdings, Inc., d/b/a Natural Selections will be hosting a required Community Outreach Meeting on the proposed Adult Use/Recreational Marijuana Facility at 23 Elm St. 

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the third floor conference room in the Watertown Town Hall, 149 Main St., Watertown. The meeting will be held in accordance with the guidelines as set forth by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

Natural Selections has already received approval to open a medical marijuana facility in the same location.

Community Input Sought on Proposed Recreational Marijuana Facility

The group applying to operate an adult use marijuana facility in Watertown will host a community meeting to provide information about the facility to the public, and to get input. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 in the Third Floor Conference Room in Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Natural Selections, applying as NS AJO Holdings Inc., has already been approved to run a medical marijuana facility at 23 Elm St. in Watertown, and now seeks to also sell for adult use (also called recreational use). To be approved, the applicants must get a special permit approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Town Council must agree to a host community agreement and the state’s Cannabis Control Commission must approve it.