Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Mashpee Pushing for Recreational Sales License

MASHPEE – A medical marijuana company with dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth is looking to make in-roads on the recreational side of the industry in the towns.

The company, Triple M, already has a state issued license for a medical marijuana dispensary, giving the company a higher priority in obtaining the license needed for recreational sales.

Director of Triple M’s Mashpee Facility James Vacarro says the company is “pleased to be looking at offering adult-use marijuana products in Mashpee.”

“We’re quite a ways away from being able to open up [recreational sales]. We’re in preliminary areas right now doing design work, dealing with engineers and architects, because we’re going to have to expand our facility considerably,” said Vacarro.

The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), the authority responsible for issuing recreational licenses. Under state law, the CCC is required to prioritize the review and distribution of licenses for medical facilities first.

The Town of Mashpee voted in its most recent town meeting to allow recreational marijuana establishments. Triple M CEO Kevin O’Reilly expects to meet Mashpee’s zoning requirements for the new establishment.

The Town Meeting also resulted in a vote to limit the total number of marijuana establishments to 20-percent of the amount of liquor stores in the town, a popular move in municipalities across the state.

Mashpee could also financially benefit from the recreational pot shop. If the town sticks with the projected 6-percent sales tax, Town Manager Rodney Collins estimates Mashpee could collect up to $4 million per year.  

“We also have a facility in Plymouth and we have our provisional license for recreational there. We’ll probably be opening there before the end of the year, so after a few months I think we’ll get a better feel for what the appetite is for the product,” said Vacarro.

Numerous towns and cities across the state, including multiple Cape Cod towns, still have moratoriums set in place until local votes determine whether to, ban, limit, or adapt to state legislation for retail recreational marijuana.

By TIM DUNN, News Center


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