Protect Our Communities & Forests from Industrial Cannabis Production in Western Mass.

Protect Our Communities & Forests from Industrial Cannabis Production in Western Mass.

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Lev Natan started this petition to Cannabis Control Commission of Massachusetts and

We, the residents of Sandisfield, are dismayed and heartbroken.

On April 5th, 2021, The Town of Sandisfield Select Board - Chairman Brian O'Rourke and members Mark Newman, and George Riley - issued a special permit to SAMA Productions LLC, for a Tier 11, indoor cannabis cultivation facility, on 60 acres of forest, which includes precious wetlands and is abutting residential neighbors and state forest.

The special permit was granted despite an outpouring of opposition to this Home Depot-sized development in pristine woods. Letters of objection were sent to the Selectmen and published in our local paper. We hired a lawyer to draft a detailed letter requesting that the permit be denied, which was ignored.

The Select Board rushed to grant this special permit just weeks before the town will vote on a Cannabis Zoning Bylaw, which happens on May 15th, 2021. There were numerous oversights in order for this special permit to be approved: a deed restriction which states "only single-family homes" are to be built on this property was ignored.

An environmental study to insure no infringement on wetlands is still pending. The Board sidestepped the town zoning laws which require a project to “not be detrimental to adjacent uses or to the established or future character of the neighborhood” which is clearly intended for residential use.

Please sign this petition to stand for community rights in dealing with corporate cannabis companies owned by out-of-state businessmen. This is a necessary precedent

for the entire cannabis industry throughout the United States.

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