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MA: Pot Dispensary CEO Meets With Orange Selectboard

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The CEO of a not-for-profit organization interested in developing a medical marijuana operation in town acknowledges the conversation has only just begun.

Robert Schnibbe of Green Harbor Dispensary has requested the town issue a letter of support for the not-for-profit's intention to create a dispensary and cultivation site at 140 New Athol Road, the site of the former Orange Flea Market.

Selectboard Chairman Ryan Mailloux has said he wants Kevin Kennedy, Orange's director of community planning and development, involved in this discussion before a support letter is voted on by the board.

Schnibbe explained Green Harbor Dispensary is working to open three 3,000- to 5,000-square-foot dispensaries and as many as two cultivation facilities in Massachusetts. Products would include, but not be limited to, flowers, oils, tinctures, transdermal patches and selected edibles. The dispensaries would be open normal business hours six days a week, and delivery service would be provided.

Schnibbe, who attended a meeting in Town Hall with team member Jeff Patel, said Orange is an ideal location for a dispensary and cultivation site because it is connected to principal highways and near New Hampshire and Vermont.

Rick Kwiatkowski, a former Orange Selectboard member and town administrator, informed Schnibbe that about half the property at 140 New Athol Road sits in Athol and asked how Green Harbor Dispensary will handle that. Schnibbe said he would have to ask his team what the not-for-profit should do.

Schnibbe said he predicts the dispensary will create six to 12 jobs, while 10 to 20 people will work at the cultivation site. He said the operation might generate 50 to 100 additional vehicles of traffic in the area every day.

"We are a start-up in every sense of the word," he said. "We want to shape a program with you, not impose a program."

Schnibbe, a former hospital administrator, explained he got into the business after seeing his parents, who died of cancer, spend their final days on intravenous morphine because there was no alternative to battle their pain. He acknowledged that much more research needs to be done on medical marijuana.

In June 2016, the Orange Selectboard voted to issue letters of support to the Orange Alternative Health & Wellness Center and to the Happy Valley Compassion Center, which want to establish medical marijuana dispensaries in town.



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