US (VT): Proposed cannabis facility pledges to be "a good neighbor"

A proposed indoor cannabis growing facility will receive a change of use permit for the business after the entrepreneur leading the effort reassured abutters that he intends to be a good neighbor.

The application, filed by property owner Paul W. Carroccio on behalf of VT Helios LLC, seeks allowance for Firetower Cannabis LLC, owned and operated by Henry Rackear of Londonderry, to grow cannabis plants in up to 1,000 square feet of building space on Old Camp Road. The business intends to start with half that amount, Carroccio and Rackear said during a special Planning Board recently.

As board Chairman Robert Zeif explained Wednesday evening, the board wanted to hear from residents — particularly the site’s neighbors — so that potential issues can be understood and addressed in case of future complaints.

Product from the plants will be sold wholesale to dispensaries and manufacturers — meaning there will be no retail customers coming in and out of the facility, Rackear said. And there will be building security, as mandated by the Vermont Cannabis Control Board, Rackear and Carroccio said.

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