Mashpee to Negotiate with Triple M for Recreational Pot

Courtesy of Triple M.

MASHPEE – A company operating a medical marijuana facility in Mashpee can now negotiate with town officials on an agreement to develop a recreational pot business.

The Board of Selectmen voted Monday to allow Town Manager Rodney Collins to work on a host community agreement with Triple M.

The company is seeking a state license from the Cannabis Control Commission to build a combined medical-recreational use facility on Echo Road.

Selectman Andrew Gottlieb said having a recreational pot shop in town will be up the Cannabis Control Commission.

“I think based on the fact that we have a track record with Triple M I am comfortable moving forward with that one,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb said the town has experience and a history of performance on obligations from Triple M that the town doesn’t have from other plans.

“That’s the only basis upon which I have to distinguish one over the other at this point,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb said Triple M has already passed all relevant background checks for its medical facility in the town.

The Triple M plan was chosen by Selectmen over five others despite a closure of its Mashpee medicinal location in December due to pesticide use at its Plymouth growing facility.

All selectmen voted to negotiate an agreement with Triple M except Thomas O’Hara.

O’Hara favored a plan from restaurant owner Robert Catania.

“I like the location,” O’Hara said of the Catania location. “I like that it can be up and running as quickly as anybody. There is no new construction required.”

He said the location is also near several major local roadways, including Route 28, Commercial Street and Great Neck Road South, that would alleviate traffic issues.

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