ATTLEBORO — The zoning board of appeals is the new permit granting authority for marijuana businesses and it had its hands full last week with three public hearings for potential pot shops.
The board heard plans for Briarleaf LLC, Major Bloom, LLC and Aspen Blue Cultures Inc.
Briarleaf, which was awarded a special permit for the development of a Registered Marijuana Dispensary by the city council last year, wants to amend the permit to expand the area in its building in Attleboro Corporate Campus off Pleasant Street for growing and manufacturing medical and recreational marijuana.
Major Bloom, LLC presented plans for the cultivation, manufacturing and retail sale of medical and recreational marijuana products at 20 John Williams St., the site of the former Guyot Bros. jewelry manufacturing company.
The Boston-based company made the same presentation to the city council earlier this year, but the council voted to convey permit-granting authority to the zoning board in April before it acted on the application. That forced the company to make a second presentation.
Aspen Blue Cultures of Rhode Island also made a presentation on its application.
It was Aspen Blue’s first appearance before a city board.
The company hopes to set up a retail shop for medical and recreational marijuana at 40 Forest St. at the site of the former Ralph Shuster Metals company.
All three hearings were continued until July 11.
To date, two marijuana businesses to be located in Attleboro have won permits at the local and state levels.
Bristol County Wellness Center has a provisional certificate of registration from the Cannabis Control Commission and a special permit from the city council to grow, manufacture and sell medical and recreational marijuana.
BCWC is renovating a former jewelry company at 34 Extension St. in Attleboro Industrial Park for the business.
Meanwhile, Ashli’s Farm, Ashli’s Inc. and Ashli’s Extracts, three companies owned by the same people, have provisional certificates of registration from the CCC and special permits from the council for the cultivation, sale and manufacture of recreational marijuana.
The company won’t open for many months because it plans to build new structures to house the operations in Attleboro Industrial Park.
The owners plan to sell medical marijuana under a business called The Leonard J. Irving Center.