CHICOPEE — When Jim Robinson opened his vape store five years ago, his goal was to expand into a retail cannabis store once marijuana was legalized.
After slogging through the state application process and facing multiple setbacks over the past two years, Robinson is now taking his last steps to opening by seeking a special permit from the city for JimBuddy’s Rec Shop on Memorial Drive.
Robinson appeared before the City Council’s zoning committee Wednesday. But the board postponed the vote and recommended he withdraw his application temporarily, until a traffic study is completed and his landlord resolves violations on the property’s parking lot.
“It would behoove the property owner to fix this issue to allow a possible tenant to move forward with permitting for their store,” City Planner Lee Pouliot said.
The property otherwise meets local requirements for a recreational marijuana license. Because the parking lot is small, Robinson