M3 Ventures, a marijuana dispensary in Mashpee that is also known as Triple M, is in the process of seeking approval to use two temporary structures to begin recreational marijuana sales during the construction of a permanent facility.

Kevin O’Reilly, the chief operating officer of M3 Ventures, said on Wednesday, July 22, that with the temporary structures in place, recreational sales could begin at the dispensary on Echo Road as soon as this fall, although an exact time frame has yet to be established.

“We’re hoping to have recreational sales sometime, optimistically, in the fall,” Mr. O’Reilly said.

The temporary structures have received approval from the Mashpee Board of Health but still require approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals, he said. He hopes the board will approve the temporary structures in August.

The lot adjacent to the existing facility would be cleared of trees and a parking lot would be installed before recreational sales began, Mr. O’Reilly said.

“We won’t open for recreational sales until the parking lot is there,” he said. “We’ll need that parking space to accommodate the recreational customers.”

The temporary structures would be attached to the existing 1,500-square-foot, medical-use dispensary to allow recreational sales to commence during the construction of a 3,700-square-foot extension to the existing structure.

Following the installation of the temporary wings, the Cannabis Control Commission would have to complete a final walk-through to approve the structure before it could open, Mr. O’Reilly said.

The temporary and permanent structures both require building permits for work to commence, Mr. O’Reilly said.

The planned permanent extension—which received approval from the zoning board in July 2019—is a two-story building with an upper mezzanine for security offices, sales on the ground floor and a basement for storage and employee locker rooms.

“What we were hoping is that we could start construction of the permanent structure some time this fall but we don’t have the time frame yet,” Mr. O’Reilly said.

As approved by the zoning board, the parking lot is planned to accommodate 71 vehicles, including four accessible parking spaces. A queuing lane for 25 vehicles is also planned.

Medical and recreational customers will enter and exit the parking lot via separate entrances and will be helped in separate sections of the permanent building. The medical and recreational section will each have its own entrance and exit.

The facility will feature security and surveillance systems. Cameras both inside and outside the building will provide surveillance 24/7 and the perimeter of the combined medical and recreational facility will be entirely fenced in with lights that will activate should someone try to climb the fence.

The M3 Ventures facility in Mashpee received a provisional license for recreational sales from the Cannabis Control Commission in February. The company also operates a recreational and medical-use facility in Plymouth.

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