NATICK — ReLeaf Alternative is one step closer to opening a recreational marijuana business at a former Papa Gino’s restaurant on Route 9.
The Select Board voted 5-0 Monday to approve a host community agreement with reLeaf, which is looking to operate from 291 Worcester St., near the Wellesley line. The HCA is a requirement set by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, and Monday’s vote is among the first of many steps before reLeaf can open for business.
ReLeaf is poised to score a license to eventually become Natick’s second — and final — adult-use marijuana establishment. A 2018 Special Town Meeting vote gave the Select Board the authority to issue licenses to two retailers, and the board previously approved an agreement with Cypress Tree for a shop at 321 Speen St.
Not in my neighborhood: Some in Natick don’t want retail marijuana businesses
ReLeaf was among several adult-use marijuana retailers that sought to open a store along Route 9 in Natick. Back in January, several residents told the Select Board they didn’t want retail marijuana in their neighborhood, concerned it would result in more traffic and noise, and lower property values.
Kerry Bourne, left, chief executive officer, reLeaf Alternative, appeared before the Natick Select