Bartlett hopes to get into growing marijuana


(April 25, 2022) Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm wants to get into the marijuana business. Farm chairman John Bartlett will submit an application to the Select Board on Wednesday for what would be the island’s first cannabis cultivation license, allowing the farm to grow marijuana in a greenhouse and sell it to both island dispensaries for resale.

“We’re growers, that’s what we love to do, and that way we continue to grow, just supplying products to ACK Natural and The Green Lady,” Bartlett said. “It’s a long-term thing for us. We’re not trying to go in and out.

Federal law currently prohibits the transportation of marijuana to the island through federal waters. A host community agreement from the Select Board, in this case, would pave the way for Bartlett’s to sell only to The Green Lady, ACK Natural or another island dispensary should the city approve a third license.

“I think there’s an opportunity there as the marijuana business begins to take hold, and we think we have an opportunity to fill a need and help the two dispensaries on the island. to keep up with demand as the industry grows,” Bartlett said.

If approved, Bartlett’s would not be able to sell the marijuana it grows in its market. In addition to approval from the Select Board, Bartlett’s would also need a special permit from the Planning Board and state approval from the Cannabis Control Commission before they could begin cultivation.

“It’s a different business (from dispensaries) but the same concepts apply,” City Manager Libby Gibson said. “What are they doing about odor nuisance, traffic and parking? We have to establish the parameters of the agreement.

Monday’s board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the public safety facility at 4 Fairgrounds Road and on Zoom.

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The Select Board will also vote on a proposal to raise fees for restaurants on the island to expand their outdoor dining spaces, both on private property and on city property. The city’s licensing department has recommended that no streets be used for dining this year.

The board will also hear an update on a request for proposals for the controversial firing range proposal on city lands east of the airport, as well as an update on the planned expansion of the water line from the airport to homes south of the airport that had tested positive for the chemicals called PFAS.

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