SOMERVILLE – The borough’s first recreational marijuana dispensary could open as soon as January 2025 once all regulatory hurdles are cleared.
The Borough Council on Monday passed a resolution supporting Root 22 Dispensary’s proposal to open a “small craft cannabis” dispensary in the far northwestern corner of the county seat on the site now occupied by a Sunoco station at the intersection of Route 22 and Gaston Avenue.
James Barr, a principal of Root 22 Dispensary along with Bridgewater resident James Savino, told the Council that he projects the business could gross $10 million a year.
With a municipal tax of 2% of gross sales, the borough could annually realize $200,000 in revenue, he said.
Somerville will allow two cannabis businesses to open in the borough, but it has been difficult to find a location in the borough’s B-5 business zone along Route 22.
Savino said it was a challenge to find a suitable location that fit the zoning requirements and was also affordable.
Mayor Dennis Sullivan said the borough has received many inquiries about locating a dispensary in Somerville, but this is the first proposal to reach the Council.
Root 22 has signed a 10-year lease, with an option for an additional 10 years, with the owner of the property, Barr said, and plans several changes, including constructing a second story on the building and removing the gas pumps and canopy.
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