An amended host community agreement for PhytoTherapy, Inc., a marijuana cultivator, processor and manufacturer, and an agreement for Good Feels, Inc., a marijuana product manufacturer, were approved unanimously by Medway selectman on Tuesday night. Three percent of gross sales for both facilities will be paid annually to the town.
MEDWAY — Two more marijuana manufacturing facilities may soon take root in town after selectman approved host community agreements for them this week.
The board on Tuesday unanimously OK’d amended agreement for PhytoTherapy Inc., a marijuana cultivator, processor and manufacturer proposed at 6 Industrial Park Road, and an agreement for Good Feels Inc., a marijuana product manufacturer proposed for 23 Jayar Road. Each company will pay 3 percent of gross sales annually to the town.
PhytoTherapy owner Dale Buckman said the corporation will break ground by year’s end and could be operational as early as next spring.
“It’s a very good thing for the town with very minimal impact,” said selectmen Chairman Glenn Trinidade of the incoming operation.
The the 52,500-square-foot building on Industrial Park Road has been vacant for some time and not producing tax revenue, he said.
A host community agreement was first submitted for PhytoTherapy a few years ago and since then, workers have been setting up at the property on Industrial Park Road, which they now own, said Town Administrator Michael Boynton. He said while the owners of the corporation have changed, the name remains the same.
Though the corporation had already signed an agreement with the town, it had to be amended based on guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue about setting a strict contribution number for the town — 3% of gross sales — instead of itemizing which town entities would receive how much from the corporation, explained Boynton.
Boynton said PhytoTherapy was the second marijuana company to approach the board. CommCan, at 2 Marc Road, was the first, followed by PhytoTherapy; Neo Organics, LLC, at 4 Marc Road; and Good Feels Inc. All four facilities are within the industrial park in Medway.
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PhytoTherapy will soon begin its permitting process with the town and have its proposal reviewed by the Planning Board.
The second agreement approved Tuesday was for Good Feels. All of its marijuana products will be non-combustible, meaning they don’t have to be smoked to be used, said owner Jason Reposa.
“I’m a father of three, I’m an athlete, so I don’t want to inhale anything more into my lungs,” Reposa told selectman. Unable to find anything on the market for himself outside traditional products like edibles, he saw it as an opportunity to launch a startup and create products that people like him could use. He said he was particular about opening in Medway.
Currently, a gym — True Performance Training — occupies part of the 18,487-square-foot building Reposa is proposing to move into on Jayar Road. He said he intends to create beverages with water-soluble THC. The benefits are that it’s more fast-acting and consistent than other edibles, like gummies, he said.
“The biggest problem with edibles is the fact that you might take something, and it might take an hour to feel it, and you don’t know if you’ve taken too much or too little,” said Reposa.
His products will not be sold on-site but rather sold to other wholesale marijuana dispensaries.
Wit his agreement approved Tuesday night, Reposa will now send his application to the Cannabis Control Commission for review.
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