US (RI): MMJ facility in Bradford appeals cease-and-desist order

A new business on the property where Copar Quarries of Westerly operated ignominiously for about five years until filing for bankruptcy in 2015 has been cited by the town's zoning and building officials for failing to comply with zoning regulations.

The new business, South County Cultivators Inc., is a medical cannabis operation. Richard "Rick" Comolli, president of the company, is the nephew of George Comolli, one of the owners of Westerly Granite Co. Inc. Rick Comoli declined to comment for this article and referred questions to Elizabeth Noonan, a lawyer with the Adler Pollock & Sheehan law firm of Providence. Noonan did not return a message seeking comment. George Comolli, who represented South County Cultivators Inc. when the company was seeking approval from the zoning board in 2019, said Friday that he is retired from his law practice and referred questions to his nephew and Noonan.

South County Cultivators Inc. was issued a cease-and-desist/notice of violation on Nov. 18 by Zoning Official Nathan Reichert and Building Official David Murphy for allegedly operating before it had obtained final zoning approval and failing to install a fence around the cultivation building, a condition of the Zoning Board of Review's approval for the special use permit sought by the company. The Zoning Board of Review is scheduled to conduct a hearing on the company's appeal of the cease-and-desist order and violation notice on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted virtually due to COVID-19 regulations imposed by the state.


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