BOSTON — Fall River state Rep. Carole Fiola stated Monday that she expects to file one more bill additional regulating so-named “loopholes” in the state’s cannabis dispensary laws.
Fiola, who filed a bill requiring nearby approval of by city councils or pick boards for proposed marijuana enterprises final week, stated she is operating on separate legislation that would avert dispensaries from opening inside close proximity to substance abuse therapy facilities.
As of Monday, at least one particular Fall River dispensary is situated subsequent to the proposed web site of such a facility.
“It appears absurd you can nevertheless be across the street from an individual who is attempting to get therapy for addiction,” stated Fiola.
Even though the bill has not however been filed, Fiola compared the prospective buffer zones it would demand to the 500-foot distance cannabis enterprises have to be from schools.
Although Fall River does not have any active marijuana enterprises inside close proximity to therapy centers, Weaver Street dispensary Hope Heal Wellness is situated subsequent to the planned web site of SSTAR’s 60-bed detox facility.
The SSTAR proposal, which was announced in 2016 and has been in improvement due to the fact, was denied a developing permit by the city for the second time in June. SSTAR applied for a third developing permit final month.
Across the street, Hope Heal Wellness is open to the public as a health-related marijuana dispensary and has a provisional license for recreational sales.
When asked how her bill may well have an effect on Hope Heal Wellness and SSTAR’s ongoing plans, Fiola stated: “I believe we’re just going to have to take it as we move forward. It just does not appear to make sense that you’d want to place these two kinds of organizations back to back.”
Elsewhere in Fall River, one more planned dispensary on Durfee Street would be situated across the street from the Initial Step Inn homeless shelter if authorized. Even though mainly focused on offering shelter and meals to homeless clientele, the facility also lists residential substance abuse therapy access and outpatient substance abuse therapy access amongst its solutions.
The proposed dispensary becoming created by Cosmopolitan Dispensary Inc. is searching to repurpose a comfort shop at 164 Durfee St. as its Fall River web site.
When asked about Cosmopolitan Dispensary’s place, Fiola noted the prospective that her bill could apply to sober housing as properly, but the bill probably wouldn’t involve homeless shelters.
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