Hudson police say a recreational marijuana dispensary in the town cannot open until they accept the company’s traffic mitigation plan, despite prior approval from the Cannabis Control Commission to open as early as Saturday.
Temescal Wellness, which currently operates a medical dispensary in Hudson, received “commence operations” notices from the commission Tuesday to open their Hudson and Pittsfield stores for recreational sales within three calendar days.
Hudson police, however, said Wednesday the company has “not yet been authorized to open by local officials.”
The dispensary, located at 252 Coolidge St., did not submit a traffic mitigation plan to police for approval, Chief Michael D. Burks, Sr. said in a statement.
“We want to ensure that Temescal Wellness has a strong plan in place to ensure that traffic impact is minimized and that public safety is guaranteed upon its opening,” Burks said. “We are committed to working with the business to ensure they have as smooth an opening as possible, but will not rush the opening at the expense of the public’s best interest.”
Companies are not required to submit traffic mitigation plans as part of their application to the Cannabis Control Commission, and Temescal Wellness in Hudson has received all the local approvals it needed to receive its final license, according to the commission.
Officials from Temescal Wellness did not respond to requests for comment about Hudson’s announcement but said earlier Wednesday that they were still “working out the final logistics” and expected to have more details Thursday about their openings.
Pittsfield police also did not immediately respond to questions about whether they had received a traffic mitigation plan from the company, or whether they required one.