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Local Roots New England Inc. is seeking a special permit to open an adult use marijuana dispensary at 910 Boston Post Road East.

MARLBOROUGH – Residents will have their say on a proposed adult use marijuana dispensary planned for Boston Post Road in September.

The City Council Monday scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 14 on Local Roots New England Inc.’s request for a special permit to open an adult-use marijuana dispensary at 910 Boston Post Road East (Rte. 20). Councilors also referred the special permit request to the Urban Affairs Committee, which will discuss the matter after the public hearing.

Local Roots is seeking to join Garden Remedies, and potentially Vedi Naturals, as marijuana dispensaries in the city. Garden Remedies opened a medical and adult-use dispensary last year in the Marlboro Square Plaza on Rte. 20 on the city’s east side.

Vedi Naturals is requesting a special permit to open an adult-use dispensary at the Twin Boro Crossing Plaza on Marlborough’s west side. Urban Affairs Committee members signed off on the special permit request earlier this month. The full City Council is slated to vote on Vedi Naturals proposal in the coming weeks.

Local Roots’ proposed 1,885-square-foot dispensary will feature 885 square feet of retail space, with the remainder of the facility being used for security, an employee break room, bathrooms, a vault and a management office. The property will feature 25 dedicated parking spaces, with additional parking available, according to plans filed with the City Council.

Local Roots officials called their proposed location a perfect site for the dispensary because it is within the city’s recreational and medical marijuana regulated zone – which on Rte. 20 extends from the Sudbury line to Phelps Street on the east side and from the Northborough line to Interstate 495 on the west side – and its neighbors are mostly commercial so there will be minimal effects to residents.

The company plans to install a state-of-the-art security system and will ensure the interior of the sales floor and products will not be visible from the outside, per Cannabis Control Commission regulations.

Local Roots, which also operates dispensaries in Fitchburg and Sturbridge, strives to be a good neighbor and plans to hire local personnel for its store and area contractors.

Dean Iandoli and Catherine Trifilo started the company in 2016 after learning the benefits of medical marijuana in treating their 15-year-old son for symptoms he suffered with Tourette’s syndrome. The pair partnered with Michael Staiti and Richard Olstein in 2018 to bring business, construction and financial expertise, to the team.

Jeff Malachowski can be reached at 508-490-7466 or jmalachowski@wickedlocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @JmalachowskiMW. 

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