A medical marijuana business that has been trying for more than three years to expand into Sandwich came one step closer this week to opening a dispensary along Route 130.
The Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night, October 13, voted unanimously (with two abstentions) to grant In Good Health a special permit—with conditions attached.
The company needed to obtain a special permit from the zoning board because it will be the sole operator within the Sandwich medical marijuana overlay district, Assistant Town Planner Leanne Drake explained after the meeting.
“The bylaw also states that only one registered marijuana dispensary is allowed in the overlay—the only area in town you can have such a facility—so this will be our one and only,” she said.
The Sandwich Board of Selectmen, the police chief and residents at Town Meeting have already approved the concept of In Good Health’s dispensary, but questions remain about how much vehicular traffic would be added to the already-busy nearby intersection at Exit 2 to the Mid-Cape Highway.
Among the conditions imposed by the zoning board is that In Good Health supply a pre-COVID-19, seven-day traffic study of the area to the town’s engineering department.
Other conditions specify that substantial construction or building occupation must occur within 12 months; hours of operation will be from 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week; a stop sign and painted stop line must be added to the property’s driveway; landscaping must not exceed 24 inches in height; existing vegetation along Route 130 must be maintained to ensure adequate sight lines; and traffic management and parking plans must be submitted to the Sandwich Police and Engineering departments for review.
Also listed in the conditions