Cambridge district officials OK pot shop 400 feet from college house


Cambridge college officials are not objecting to a recreational marijuana dispensary getting proposed down the street from a district college complicated and youth center. 

The Cambridge College Committee declined final week to go on the record opposing the proposed dispensary at 966 Cambridge Street, just more than 400 feet from the Cambridge Street Upper College, King Open College, and Frisoli Youth Center, the Cambridge Day reports.

Committee member Fred Fantini, who presented the motion, was the only official to vote for voicing objection to the proposal, according to the newspaper. Fantini presented the motion soon after hearing issues from households in the neighborhood about the proposed Adversa MA dispensary going in at the web-site of the former Harvard Glass retailer. But no neighborhood members spoke on the problem through the Oct. 15 meeting’s public comment period. 

“We want to make this a protected and safe place for a business enterprise that meets all specifications of the zoning laws,” Gerry McDonough, an lawyer for Advesa, mentioned through the meeting. “We want to be superior neighbors and preserve the neighborhood protected, preserve [cannabis] away from young men and women.” 

The rough distance among the proposed web-site of a cannabis dispensary in Cambridge and the King Open Complicated.—Google Maps

State law stipulates that marijuana dispensaries not be situated inside 500 feet of pre-current public or private schools, but makes it possible for municipalities to adopt ordinances to decrease the distance requirement. 

According to the Day, the Cambridge City Council voted in September to decrease the essential distance to 300 feet. According to the newspaper, Advesa will subsequent submit an application to the city’s Arranging Board to start out the subsequent round of approvals and neighborhood input. 

The college complicated at 840 Cambridge Street lately underwent a important redevelopment project and is celebrating its reopening on Saturday.


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