Boston lettuce grower hopes to turn over a new leaf in some his container farms

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved an urban-agripreneur's plans to convert most of the shipping containers on Condor Street in which he now grows lettuce to cannabis grow stations.

Shawn Cooney, who has been growing lettuce in four shipping containers on Condor Street near Meridian Street for seven years, hopes to convert three of them for cannabis use. He would grow the cannabis for sale to local cannabis stores; there would be no retail sales.

At a hearing this morning, Cooney acknowledged the main issue will be beefing up what is now fairly minimal security. "I don't think too many people are going to break in to get lettuce," he allowed.

Cooney said that should he gain state approval, he will install biometric locks and stronger doors to keep out would-be pot rustlers away. The wall of the trailers themselves is pretty tough stuff that would resist simple peeling back. Cooney added that he would add a cedar siding to make the site "even more pleasant than it is."

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