A lawyer representing cannabis company Resinate, which operates dispensaries in Worcester and Northampton, has threatened to take legal action against the Town of Grafton if the town does not allow its forthcoming dispensary to open.
As it stands, Grafton regulations currently limit the number of dispensaries allowed to open in the town to two. However, the town has issued four host community agreements, according to Select Board minutes from a Dec. 8 meeting, during which select board members expressed frustration none of the HCA recipients had yet to open for business.
In order to handle a potential bottleneck, the board has implemented a first-across-the-finish-line policy to allow whichever two businesses who are prepared and licensed to open first to do so, potentially leaving two HCA holders out of luck.
Resinate is one of those four companies to hold an HCA with the town, and already holds provisional licensing through the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, according to CEO and Founder Peter DeCaro.
According to DeCaro, he was aware of the two-dispensary limit when he looked to open up shop in Grafton, but he was told the limit shouldn’t be a problem for Resinate. There were also no stipulations in writing about