The Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont, on Route 4 in Rutland Town, is listed for sale and an interested buyer would turn the property into a medical cannabis dispensary, according to a VT Digger report. Rutland Town Administrator Joe Zingale has informed the Selectboard that Burlington-based law firm Gravel & Shea is “representing an individual who wants information on opening a marijuana dispensary at the Norman Rockwell Museum,” according to Selectboard meeting minutes.
That individual is Mendon-based Lily Pad Organics Inc., owned by Daniel Reilly Sr. and Daniel Reilly Jr. The attorney, listed on secretary of state documents as William “Chip” Mason IV, has asked to be added to the Selectboard agenda to discuss the proposal, including whether zoning would be an issue for the dispensary.
According to the report, the city of Rutland banned dispensaries in 2012, but Rutland Town does not have zoning and is a separate municipality encircling the city. Zingale said he confirmed to the attorney that the museum is at least 1,000 feet from a school or daycare as required by state law.
Rutland Town Selectboard Chairman Joshua Terenzini, said the body has “heard about [the proposal] briefly but that it would be “premature” to comment on the issue before the board meeting.
Mason indicated that his clients are not seeking the location as a satellite site; rather they are seeking a dispensary license. The Department of Public Safety has received seven applications for the state’s fifth licensed medical cannabis operator but state law prevents her from divulging the names of any of the applicants.