US (MA): Growing facilities planned in Lee

New growing facilities are being planned in Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. A medical marijuana grower in Washington state has become the third entrepreneur to receive Select Board approval to cultivate and manufacture pot products in town. 

Maki, who lives in Lee, plans to erect a 3,500-square-foot indoor growing facility on a vacant lot in the Quarry Hill Business Park, nearly 2 miles from Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Two other proposed indoor marijuana cultivation/manufacturing projects in Lee are seeking a CCC license to operate. Nathan, Nick and Ben Girard, of Pittsfield are one of them under the name Higher Purpose. The largest cultivation/manufacturing pot factory would be at the former 159,000-square-foot Greylock Mill. California-based Franz Chan, CEO of Zipbox, is the driving force behind revitalizing the paper mill, vacant since 2008. Then there's Canna Provisions, asking for a special permit and willing to build a 32,800-square-foot building, 20,000 feet of which would be greenhouse space, on an 8-acre parcel at the business park. 

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