The Recorder – Extra permit allows Whately marijuana company to extend growing seasonPosted by On


Published: 11/20/2022 12:58:59 PM

WHATELY — With hopes of extending its growing season, Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers (DMCTC) has acquired a special permit for indoor marijuana cultivation to supplement its outdoor growing facility at 7 River Road.

The company, which was initially approved for outdoor marijuana cultivation in 2020, sought at last week’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to bring its site into conformance with Whately’s amended zoning bylaws. At 2021’s Annual Town Meeting, voters approved changing the zoning bylaws to define indoor marijuana cultivation as any cannabis plant growing inside a greenhouse or any other fully enclosed structure. Prior to this amendment, DMCTC referred to the state Cannabis Control Commission’s definition of outdoor growing, which prohibits growing marijuana plants with artificial light, with an exception for propagating plants in a greenhouse nursery, according to the special permit application.

Chris Chamberland, a Berkshire Design Group engineer representing DMCTC, said there are no exterior changes to the site plan beyond adding some lights to the greenhouse to continue growing adult plants as days get shorter. Existing lights are allowed for propagating plants in the nursery only.

“What we have now is a legally existing, non-conforming site,” Chamberland said. “The real purpose of this change is to add lighting to extend the season, so in the dark time of the…

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