Plans to build a proposed marijuana cultivation facility in central Massachusetts have been dealt a major blow now that the town's planning board has voted to deny the project.
James Philbrook, chairman of the Charlton Planning Board, confirmed to NBC10 Boston the board voted 4-0 Wednesday night against a plan by Valley Green Grow of North Andover to set up shop in town.
The company sought to build an 800,000-to-1.5-million-square-foot greenhouse for cannabis research, as well as for medical and recreational cultivation.
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The facility was proposed for the site of the former Charlton Orchards on Old Worcester Road which was destroyed by a fire in 2015.
In May 2018, the board of selectmen approved the host agreement with the town, but nearby residents complained they didn't have a say in the matter.
According to The Telegram, Valley Green Grow plans to appeal Wednesday's decision on its $100 million project.