Public hearing set for potential third marijuana shop in Marlborough

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By Vicki Greene, Contributing Reporter

Marlborough – Local Roots NE (LRNE) is seeking a special permit to locate an adult-use marijuana dispensary at 910 Boston Post Road East (Route 20), Suite 100. The City Council has set a public hearing for Monday, Sept. 14.

In a July 14 letter to the City Council, local business owner Richard Olstein outlined the details of the request and noted that he and his business partner Michael Staiti currently own multiple properties in the city and run their a real estate development and private lending company in the same building (910 Boston Post Road East) not far from the Sudbury line.

According to Olstein’s letter, LRNE said he and Staiti joined founders Dean Iandoli and Catherine Trifilo in 2018 who started the company after “learning of the benefits of medical marijuana in treating their 15-year old son [who suffers] with Tourette’s Syndrome.”

Local Roots NE is currently headquartered in Marlborough with a dispensary in Fitchburg and cultivation facilities in Framingham and Barre.  The company is planning to occupy 1,885 square feet with 885 square feet of retail space and 970 square feet or security equipment and office space.  The plan includes 25 dedicated parking spaces in the current lot with additional spots available.

“There is widespread agreement within the industry that there will be a large undersupply of product for retail sale over the next 3-5 years,” Olstein wrote in his letter.

Vedi Naturals is seeking Council approval on a permit for a dispensary at the Twin Boro Crossing Plaza at the corner of Route 20 West and Boundary Street.

Garden Remedies was the first to request a special permit and has been operating a medical and adult-use dispensary at Marlborough Square Plaza.