The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a Williamstown company's plans to convert City Farm on American Legion Highway into what would be Roslindale's first dispensary.
The proposed shop, which would sell both recreational and medical marijuana, now goes to the state Cannabis Control Commission for its review and possible approval.
The commission has so far approved 33 recreational-marijuana shops in the state, but none in Boston, its largest city. The closest is a shop in Brookline Village, just on the other side of the Muddy River.
Silver Therapeutic's proposal calls for partially retaining one of the nursery's existing greenhouses to turn it into a "demonstration greenhouse," in which people interested in what Silver attorney Mike Ross called "lucrative careers" in marijuana cultivation can learn the skills they need. Silver Therapeutics CEO Josh Silver said the new greenhouse would look more like "a warehouse with a translucent ceiling" than the glass greenhouses that still dot that stretch of American Legion Highway.
The proposed shop would have 22 parking spaces. Silver plans to renovate the existing "barn-like" building for use as a salesroom and offices, with the entrance in the rear.
Silver signed a required host agreement with the city in October and has a "good neighbor" agreement with the Mt. Hope Canterbury Neighborhood Association for the shop, which would be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, Ross said.
Both the mayor's office and the office of City Councilor Andrea Campbell supported the proposal at the hearing. Nobody rose to oppose it.
One of the owners of the company is Bruce Bickerstaff, who resigned his seat on the zoning board in September after Mayor Walsh issued an edict banning city employees - including members of unpaid boards - from working for companies seeking permission to open marijuana facilities. In addition to Ross - a former city councilor - and Bickerstaff, the company has hired former BPD Superintendent Joseph Harris as a security consultant.