Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions about Valley Green Grow. If you have a question that’s not answered below please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is Valley Green Grow (VGG) and how will they impact the quality of life in Charlton?

Our company’s mission is to improve human health and wellness through the availability and safe use of cannabis. We have attracted a vibrant network of people—in agriculture, manufacturing, technology, research and academia—to do so.

VGG is a duly organized Massachusetts corporation proposing to develop a state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Charlton, Massachusetts. Our goal is to become one of the premier centers for horticultural excellence.

The location of our facility has been designed so that the impact to the surrounding community is minimal and in some cases improved. Unlike a traditional orchard, we will have no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides in the air or water, and no fertilizers in our waste water.

Numerous studies by independent sources have found no reduction in real estate value from cannabis cultivation and processing facilities.

How will Valley Green Grow (VGG) impact the financial health of the Charlton community?

The Cultivation center will support the economic health of the Charlton community through contributing almost $4 million in additional annual revenue (estimated) to the town budget of $29 million. The revenue comes from development and host community agreements that will result in $2.4 million dollars annually, real estate taxes of over $1.5 million annually, as well as permitting, construction and other fees.

The Development Agreement between VGG and the Charlton Board of Selectmen focuses on creating new structured payments of over $2.4 million annually to the Town. In addition, the Developer’s $100M+ investment in the cultivation facility will generate real estate property taxes estimated to be over $1.5 million per year, along with ordinary construction permitting fees, among other fees.

Further, VGG will make an upfront payment of $500,000 for infrastructure improvements which could be used by Charlton to fund the design of a new police and fire station.

Why is Valley Green Grow siting its facility in an agricultural area?

The site is uniquely suited for this development because we can redevelop the old orchard for an energy efficient agricultural facility utilizing the latest in greenhouse technology.

The property that VGG proposes to use at 44 Old Worcester Road in Charlton is 95 acres and our facilities would use just one quarter (¼) of the available land leaving significant amounts of green space and plenty of distance between abutters, neighbors, and the facility.

The security of the facility is carefully regulated by state and Charlton authorities. A 24/7 security force, access control measures, and extensive surveillance ensure only employees can have access to the facility. Reports from other parts of the U.S. have shown no increase in crime from either the legalization of marijuana or cultivation and manufacturing facilities.

Why is Valley Green Grow building such a large facility?

The size of the facility is consistent with other modern commercial horticultural facilities being planned and built in Canada, California, and even Freetown, Massachusetts. Our size and scale allows us to adopt current best practices and minimize impact on the environment and community. The proposed facility uses indoor horticulture in a closed greenhouse to grow cannabis hydroponically and without chemical pesticides. VGG’s proposed facility utilizes a Dutch commercial horticultural growing system to achieve the highest growing efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

What type of employment opportunities will be available?

The facility will employ agriculture, horticulture specialists and technicians, administrative staff, manufacturing professionals, various trades, and security specialists. Special consideration will be given to Charlton residents who apply for positions at VGG.

Will Valley Green Grow’s business impact traffic in the Charlton area?

At full capacity, this facility will have shifts of approximately 150 employees, two shifts per day, six days per week. Inbound deliveries are estimated at 10 trucks per day and outbound deliveries are estimated to be between 10 and 20 per day. There is no public traffic to the facility.

Will Valley Green Grow impact the water supply in Charlton?

Our primary water source is rainwater collection and secondary is well water, supplemented as necessary with municipal water.

The facility will use approximately 30,000 gallons of new water for irrigation every day that will be primarily supplied by rainwater collection tanks (2 million gallons) that are designed to capture rainwater from the roof of the greenhouses. Since this is a hydroponic closed greenhouse system, over 85% of the water used in plant irrigation is recycled within the greenhouses.

Why is medical cannabis such a hot topic today?

Medical and adult use cannabis are grown in the same way. Thirty-one states plus Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana and nine states plus Washington, DC have legalized its sale for adult use.

According to a recent poll by Harris Insights 85 percent of Americans support medical marijuana. In fact, the American Legion is urging the U.S. Congress to amend legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and reclassify it, at a minimum, as a drug with potential medical value. A highly promising area of research for medical marijuana is its use for PTSD in veterans who are returning from combat zones.

And a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine states there is definitive evidence that cannabis can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and in reducing spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis patients.
This report describes how medical cannabis has been demonstrated in treating:

  • Cancer pain and nausea
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Seizure disorders, and many others

All medical and adult use cannabis grown in Charlton facility will be pharma-grade. Pharma-grade cannabis is grown in “clean-room” environments under very carefully controlled conditions and laboratory-tested to produce replicable and consistent molecular characteristics desired for medical treatments.

 

What governmental agencies are responsible for oversight of Valley Green Grow’s operations?

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts regulates the licenses under which VGG will operate. The licenses must be reviewed and renewed annually. State oversight is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

The Charlton Board of Selectmen ensure compliance with the Development Agreement and Host Community Agreements. The State and the Charlton Police Department will review, approve and monitor VGG’s security measures.

What is Valley Green Grow’s long-term mission?

Our company’s mission is to improve human health and wellness through the availability and safe use of cannabis. We have attracted a vibrant network of people—in agriculture, manufacturing, technology, research and academia—to do so.