CannaMommy, a California-based hemp and marijuana cultivation company, wants to expand into Johnson.
The Johnson Select Board spoke Monday with company founder Kelly Bruce for nearly 30 minutes via phone as she detailed her plan to buy 30 acres of land off Clay Hill Road and convert the fields into hemp. She wants to get in on the ground floor of the hemp industry. Cannabis proponents are hoping for an expansion of the existing law into support for a retail market.
CannaMommy is a partially nonprofit company that focuses largely on creating cannabis products that mothers can benefit from, such as plant-based essential oils. It also distributes marijuana in California.
If Johnson approves its plan, CannaMommy says it would immediately create five to 10 new jobs and expand 10 to 15 percent per year.
The board members asked Bruce to send them her business plan and they plan to follow up with the sheriff’s department, with security being a primary concern.
Although no board members opposed the idea enough to vote against it, Michael Dunham abstained, saying “I’m fine with Stowe being the Ski Capital of the East, but I have a hard time thinking of Johnson as the Marijuana Capital of the East.”
• Construction work on the municipal building has run into unexpected complications. Workers found more rot in the building than expected, and the building’s tower has settled nearly an inch since it was installed. More work on the concrete walkway is also needed.
“We are now anticipating there being some additional expenses, but overall the project is going well and should be completed on schedule,” said Town Administrator Brian Story.
Attempts to determine exactly how much the municipal building’s tower has settled are halted, as the original building prints are missing.
• A vicious dog hearing was held Aug. 7 to determine what happens with Angela Wescom and her German shepherd-pit bull mix. According to Copley Hospital, the dog bit a child, thus requiring the dog be observed for 10 days. Additionally, all attempts at sending Wescom tickets for failure to register her dog have been returned, so the board is considering involving the sheriff’s department.
• Kyle and Jen Burton from the Arts Council were granted $800 for materials to paint a mural on Railroad Street.
• A town highway department request was approved to restore 400 hours, totaling $7,700, for part-timers to continue reclamation work on the town gravel pit. The decision will save about $15,000 because the town won’t have to hire a contractor to finish the job.
• Ben Waterman’s resignation from the planning commission was accepted.
• The board approved Duncan Hastings’ bid for cemetery maintenance.