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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

Selectmen want to limit number of pot shops to seven, on a par with liquor stores

When selectboard Chair Steve Bannon opened the floor to comments from the audience, most seemed to agree that, in addition to placing restrictions on the stores, the larger question remains about what kind of image the tourism-minded town wants to project.

The numbers are in: Great Barrington snags almost $1 million from pot sales

At Monday's selectboard meeting, member Kate Burke noted that the money cannot be spent yet because it was not budgeted for. The disposition of the funds will be discussed during budget deliberations this fall.

In ‘joint’ meeting, Great Barrington officials call for public info session on limiting pot shops

New zoning bylaws would prevent some cannabis retailers from opening merely by restricting the number of available locations. On the other hand, a policy from the selectboard placing a numerical limit would clearly prevent more retailers from opening.

Proliferation of pot shops in Great Barrington prompts questions about social justice

"Ultimately, it costs so much money for people to start these businesses, that it's just another way for rich people to make more money. That's not a great thing for a town that touts itself as progressive." -- Great Barrington Selectboard member Kate Burke

South County recreational pot shops score big wins from state cannabis commission

Theory Wellnesss' Great Barrington adult-use establishment would be the first in southern Berkshire County with its final license. But down Route 7 in Sheffield, Berkshire Welco received its provisional license yesterday by unanimous vote from the CCC, and without conditions

Great Barrington medical pot shop receives provisional license to sell recreational marijuana

For now, it looks like adult-use sales will have to be cash-only. Since recreational sale and use of marijuana remains a federal crime, few banks that issue credit and debit cardsare willing to stick their necks out.

Town hall briefs: special town meeting items; pot shop host agreements; relocation of town employees from old firehouse

Sean VanDeusen, who heads the town Department of Public Works, said contractors currently performing work on Town Hall found the chimneys "to be in worse shape than previously thought." Two of the chimneys need to be completely rebuilt.

High times for Great Barrington? Pot shop proposals proliferate

After the planning board crafted a set of zoning regulations to deal with pot earlier this year, the selectboard reviewed them and most thought the regulations were a bit too lax since they would allow cultivation by-right in too many zones.

Main Street church will be ‘flying high,’ in more ways than one

Highminded LLC has drafted a host agreement with the town of Great Barrington that includes the mandated annual $10,000 donation to a nonprofit of its choice. That gift will go to the Railroad Street Youth Project, which will also receive an additional 1 percent of net sales to fund a campaign against adolescent substance usage.

Jobs, hundreds of thousands in revenue expected as third marijuana store proposed for Great Barrington

Brian Vincent and Andy Vincent of Commonwealth Cultivation are looking to establish a retail marijuana outlet at 82 Railroad St., a property that overlooks the Taconic parking lot where 14 years ago State Police under District Attorney David Capeless conducted a sting operation that resulted in the arrest of more than a dozen teenagers for possessing pot.

With pot shops in the offing, Great Barrington stands to profit

In anticipation that there could be more such establishments approaching the town in the future, the selectboard is trying to come up with a template that will serve as a model for all host agreements that might come up.

GB Planning Board has a ‘vision’: ‘Marijuana mills’ in Housatonic

If voters approve the Great Barrington bylaw, indoor cultivation of marijuana of the sort envisioned in the mills will be permitted by-right in the light industrial zone that covers much of Housatonic.

Another Berkshire pot emporium: Sheffield distiller proposes marijuana facility

As required of anyone seeking a cannabis license in the state, Christopher Weld and Micheal Cohen of Berkshire Welco held a public information session Tuesday night at Sheffield Town Hall.
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