TYNGSBORO – Chelmsford native Michael Marinaro and his partner Tara Hopper have taken the first step to opening a cannabis cultivation facility when the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve a host community agreement with the pair.
Bada Boom! Inc. will grow and process marijuana in 7,200 square feet of space in a larger building at 44 Old Tyng Road up on a hill overlooking Middlesex Road. It will be the third building on the site, he said.
Tyngsboro will gain $150,000 to $250,000 a year in revenue which represents 3 percent of gross income.
Marinaro says he is a social equity applicant at the Cannabis Control Commission. He qualified because he was arrested as a teen for having a small amount of marijuana in his possession.
He now holds a medical marijuana card for treatment of pain and anxiety.
“It changed my life for the better,” he said.
Marinaro explains that marijuana has been used in medicine for thousands of years, but scientists now are in the early stages of studying the benefits of cannabis in treating many conditions, including cancer.
He says Bada Boom will be a small craft operation. All ingredients will be organic, he said.
Because he is a special equity applicant, the Cannabis Control Commission will expedite the approval process.
The business must clear some hurdles with state and town government before it opens–in early winter of 2022, Marinaro hopes.
Selectmen quizzed him about some of his security plans for the building. To which Marinaro responded, “These places are built like Ft. Knox.”
He will have security cameras throughout the building.
The issue of odor control was raised. The facility will have closed air ventilation system so businesses in the area will not be affected, according to Marinaro.
Marinaro and Hopper live in Natick now, but hope to move back to the area when the business is up and running.
And that is why Hopper said, “We want to make you proud.”