US (MA): After months of drama, large-scale grower changes location for Sandisfield greenhouses

Nearly two months after the town granted Sama Productions LLC a permit for a cannabis growing and manufacturing operation near Town Hill and Abbey roads — over the fierce objection of neighbors — the company is seeking an alternate location in the town.

Sama filed a new special permit application on Tuesday to build its 22 greenhouses and manufacturing building on a 14.7-acre parcel on the eastern side of South Main Street (Route 8).

The scope of the project outlined in the new application is the same at the previous site; it wasn’t clear why the company chose to abandon the original location. Sama principal John Heck could not be reached for comment.

The new site abuts property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is surrounded by “mature forest,” according to the application. The nearest other abutter is across the state highway, and the land has 1,200 feet of frontage that the company says it will screen with new trees.


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