The city is one step closer to having its first marijuana delivery operator, which will be able to carry up to $10,000 worth of products per vehicle, per trip, according to the head of Blue Sky Organics.
John Caruso, the managing and co-founding partner of the business, said during a recent phone interview that he and fellow Newton resident and co-founder Jay Jentz are, “very excited.”
If all goes according to plan, the warehouse facility, which will not include a retail space, will open at 16 Maguire Court.
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller announced via email that in November she signed a Host Community Agreement (HCA) for Blue Sky Organics.
She said the delivery operator license, “was set aside intentionally by the CCC [Cannabis Control Commission] for the first three years of the program to only those entities certified as ‘economic empowerment or social equity’ firms.”
Caruso said he anticipates the CCC will give the company provisional license approval this winter and the business will be operational by summer 2022.
Delivery operator vs. store
According to Newton regulations, there must be a half-mile buffer between marijuana retailers.
Blue Sky Organics’ Maguire Court address is fairly close to retailer Garden Remedies, located at 697 Washington St. However, the half-mile buffer does not apply in this case, since Blue Sky is not a retail establishment, according to a previous statement by Jen Caira, deputy director of the Planning Department.
“Delivery operators are not considered retailers. Therefore, they are not subject to the cap [of eight] … retail licenses,” according to Fuller’s email.
Details about the business
Caruso said they will be building a new warehouse facility at the Maguire Court location.
Delivery operators can buy in bulk, store and repackage product, and make deliveries. They are not allowed to partner with marijuana stores and deliver goods from those shops.
When the company opens, Caruso said he anticipates Blue Sky will have a staff of about 15. They will have five hybrid vehicles for deliveries, which he said would be within a 20-mile radius of the warehouse.
Previously, Jentz said two people will ride in each delivery vehicle, which will be outfitted with security cameras.
“There is constant monitoring,” he said.
When asked about what safety measures will be in place to protect staff members making the deliveries, Jentz said the vehicles will be unmarked.
“We are not trying to draw any attention,” he said.
Caruso said the business has adequate parking and could expand its fleet if need be. The facility will be open seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Delivery schedules will depend on the demand, he said.
For more information on how the city is handline marijuana businesses, visit https://www.newtonma.gov/government/planning/development-review/high-interest-projects/marijuana-uses