The Mashpee Bourne of Selectmen on Monday, December 7, unanimously approved a host community agreement with Ocean Grown Canna Collective LLC, a business looking to cultivate marijuana at 57 Industrial Drive.
Justin E. Bigwood, the company’s president, told the selectmen by videoconference that the business would cultivate medical-grade cannabis for sale to medicinal and recreational facilities in Massachusetts. Ocean Grown will not manufacture edibles, Mr. Bigwood said.
The selectmen signed a host agreement with Ocean Grown in November of last year, but due to changes to the company’s leadership, town staff advised Ocean Grown to request a new host agreement, Mashpee Town Planner Evan Lehrer said.
Mr. Bigwood, his brother, Jonathan Trevor Bigwood, and Stephen J. Giatrelis are listed as founders of Ocean Grown. The company had previously included David Alport and Jason Kabbes, who Mr. Bigwood said were from Oregon.
“Their vision didn’t quite align with ours, so we put together a more local group and [are] moving forward in the same manner,” Mr. Bigwood said.
Mr. Bigwood, his brother and Mr. Giatrelis are all local to the Cape, according to bios provided to the selectmen. The site for the proposed marijuana cultivation, 57 Industrial Drive, has operated as a machine shop and has been part of the Bigwood Corporation and family since the early 2000s.
The selectmen appeared pleased that the proposal included locals.
Selectwoman Carol A. Sherman said, “I like the local.”
Selectman Thomas O’Hara agreed. “I like that; I like to hear local,” he said.
Like other marijuana businesses in town, Ocean Grown has agreed to pay the town 3 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.
Mr. Bigwood said it will take at least 18 months before cultivation begins at the proposed site. It will take about a year to upgrade the building’s interior and to receive the proper licenses from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and then another six months until the business begins generating revenue, he said.