Another marijuana business received approval to enter into a host agreement with the Town of Mashpee with a 4-1 vote of the selectmen on Monday, November 4.
Ocean Grown Canna Collective received approval to cultivate cannabis flowers and manufacture cannabis oil and tinctures at an existing warehouse building at 57 Industrial Drive.
Cannabis tinctures are orally consumed liquids containing cannabis oil dissolved in a solvent.
While Ocean Grown owner Jason Kabbes expressed interest in producing cannabis edibles at the proposed Mashpee facility, he told the selectmen: “If you’ve already told two folks that edibles is not something they should do and you don’t want it, I’m not in the business of convincing you of that.”
Selectmen approved the agreement with the stipulation that the facility not produce edibles.
Mr. Kabbes said that he is “hopeful that we could be in motion in eight months,” though he is unsure how long the state licensing process will take and it could be more than a year until the manufacturing business is up and running.
Selectmen chairman Andrew R. Gottlieb cast the lone no vote against the company. Mr. Gottlieb objected to the approval process, which puts local approval of marijuana businesses before state approval.
“We’re in the position of having to decide and give you our support before the commonwealth, knowing essentially nothing,” Mr. Gottlieb said.
“My frustration is not with you, my frustration is with the law that has us approve stuff largely blind,” he told Mr. Kabbes.
Ocean Grown plans to operate dispensaries in Massachusetts outside of Mashpee, Mr. Kabbes said, but has yet to identify locations for these dispensaries and will begin by selling its product to existing recreational dispensaries.
Like other marijuana businesses in town, Ocean Grown has agreed to pay the town three percent of gross sales. The business will also contribute no less than $5,000 annually to approved drug abuse prevention, treatment and education programs, according to the host agreement.
Along with Mr. Kabbes, Justin E. Bigwood, Trevor Bigwood, David Alport and Antonietta Natoli are part-owners of the manufacturing business.
Justin Bigwood is the president of the Bigwood Corporation, which operates from the Industrial Drive location. Mr. Kabbes said that a machining business currently operates in the 7,800 square foot building, which consists of warehouse and office space.
Mr. Kabbes and Mr. Alport also operate Ohio Clean Leaf, a marijuana cultivation and manufacturing company in Ohio.
The Town of Mashpee has signed three host agreements with marijuana businesses. If the town manager and Ocean Grown sign the host agreement for cultivation and manufacturing, it would become the fourth host agreement.
A host agreement with M3 Ventures allows the company to operate a retail sale business for adult-use marijuana in Mashpee. M3 is expected to open in 2020 and could be the first retail marijuana store on the Cape.
A marijuana cultivation and manufacturing establishment on Echo Road is allowed through a host agreement with Mashpee Holdings, LLC.
Another marijuana company, CCE CAT, LLC, plans to produce edibles, tinctures, oils and other marijuana products.