US (MA): Bernardston cannabis growers propose expansion

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday regarding a special permit application for an addition to The Heirloom Collective’s existing cannabis cultivation facility, as well as construction of a building to house office space and a retail cannabis dispensary.

The Heirloom Collective, which began growing its first rounds of cannabis flower in December of 2018, seeks approval for a 40,500-square-foot addition on the south side of the existing cannabis cultivation facility on Northfield Road (Route 10). The application also includes a proposal for a second 4,500-square-foot retail dispensary building, which would also contain office space for cultivation facility managers. The company’s first — and currently only — dispensary at 457 Russell St. in Hadley has seen “week over week, and month over month” growth since opening in May 2020, according to CEO Jim Counihan.

“You can only create so much product in a 20,000-square-foot building,” Counihan said. “If we’re going to have a second retail facility, we need to expand our cultivation to allow us to provide plenty of inventory for both retail locations, as well as service existing wholesale partners that are growing and new customers coming into market.”

Counihan said many new companies looking to come online are seeking partnerships with cultivators to ensure a supply chain before they open retail locations. Counihan said The Heirloom Collective currently has roughly 25 retail partners, and many of these partners have multiple stores.


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