It’s taken a while, but the commercial marijuana industry seems to be growing like a wild weed. Several cannabis retail establishments are already operational in the area and several more are currently under construction.
Plainville-based Apotho Therapeutics will host a virtual community outreach meeting next week on its proposal for a marijuana retail facility in Dartmouth. Christopher Shea wrote about it in the current issue of Dartmouth Week.
TheDispensaryGenie.com reported in February 2021 that the Dartmouth Planning Board had approved Apotho Therapeutics’ proposal for a marijuana dispensary at 479 Faunce Corner Road, but the deal with the property owner fell apart after the publication of the item.
The Planning Board approved a revised proposal from Apotho Therapeutics in January 2022 for a retail facility at 747 State Road, the site of the former Near East Asian Fusion restaurant.
In March, the city’s selection committee approved a plan for Apotho Therapeutics to grow marijuana at the nearby former Dartmouth Indoor Tennis Club.
Shea said that during the virtual meeting, the owners “will give a presentation focusing on the proposed site, building security and how the retailer plans to contribute to the community.”
If a hosting agreement is reached and the project is approved by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, Apotho Therapeutics would become the second marijuana retail operation in Dartmouth. Solar Therapeutics is building a retail center on Faunce Corner Road.
There are currently operating marijuana dispensaries in Seekonk, Somerset, Fall River, Fairhaven and Wareham. Two retail businesses are under construction in New Bedford.
The virtual hearing for Apotho Therapeutics’ Dartmouth facility is Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 4 p.m.