Two recreational marijuana businesses are closer to opening up shops in Pittsfield after they were granted special permits by the city of Pittsfield Wednesday.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that
Berkshire native Tim Mack, who owns Berkshire Hydroponics at 1450 East Street, was given the OK to open a retail marijuana shop in an adjacent suite in the same building.  Mack intends on having about 10 employees at the 1,500-square-foot store.
 
Also, Jack Carney, a principal at Green Biz LLC, was granted a special permit to open one shop at 1021 South Street.
Both Green Biz LLC and Mack, of Kryppies LLC, were given favorable recommendations from the Community Development Board earlier this month after the city approved an overall cap of 35 marijuana retail licenses.

As for the Green Biz North Street location, Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless and several neighbors submitted letters arguing that the center is a school and therefore the shop should not be permitted in the area.

Michael Martin, an attorney representing the owner of the building where the center is located, told the Zoning Board of Appeals that the program has about 100 students, some as young as 16.

The board decided not to take action on the Green Biz LLC North Street proposal until its next meeting June 20. In the meantime, the board has requested the city's solicitor to make a determination as to whether the Adult Learning Center qualifies as a school.

 After required licensing procedures, retail marijuana stores will be permitted to open beginning in July 2018.