West Tisbury resident makes bid for cannabis shop

This building at 24 Cournoyer Road is the location where Wes Nagy has suggested he'd like to open a pot shop.

A West Tisbury resident has made a public move toward establishing a recreational marijuana store on Cournoyer Road with a request for a town letter.

“This is Wes Nagy,” Nagy emailed town administrator Jennifer Rand on Dec. 3. “I am requesting a letter from the selectmen‘s office stating no objections for a cultivation and retail recreational cannabis license for the CCC [Cannabis Control Commission]. The location is 24 Cournoyer Road.”

On Dec. 5 the selectmen opted to take no action on Nagy’s request. Rand said the board may revisit the issue after Nagy has gone through the town permitting process.

Nagy has yet to put in an application at the zoning board of appeals, administrator Pam Thors said, nor is he slated on any upcoming agendas.

Meanwhile Geoff Rose is poised to launch Patient Centric, a West Tisbury medical marijuana dispensary. Rose took initial steps to apply for a recreational license, but has not pursued it since.

The potential site for Nagy’s marijuana shop is a few hundred feet from the West Tisbury Police Station. If the store comes to pass, that’s not a big deal, West Tisbury Police Chief Matt Mincone said. If the town supports the shop, the police department would, he said. Mincone said it wouldn’t be treated any differently than any other new business: “If they need our help, we’re going to be there.”

Mincone also said that as opposed to being off somewhere out of sight, he saw an advantage to the potential cannabis shop being so near. It can be easily observed. His only concern thus far is the potential for traffic congestion, especially because ambulances, police cruisers, and fire trucks need to leave from next door unhindered.

Nagy could not be reached for comment.