The Farmacy plans to grow pot in basement

The Farmacy, a dispensary in Uppertown, plans to have a marijuana growing operation in the basement.

The Farmacy will grow marijuana in the basement of its dispensary on Marine Drive in Uppertown.

The Astoria Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a permit for the growing and processing operation, finding the project consistent with light manufacturing in a commercial zone.

The project is the second commercial marijuana growing operation in Astoria. In November, the Planning Commission approved a pot growing site for a warehouse off Industry Street.

The Farmacy, a medical marijuana dispensary, is selling recreational marijuana under a state law that permits the sales through the end of the year while the state establishes licensing.

Nicholas Palazzo, The Farmacy’s owner, has applied for a retail license. He said he intends to sell the marijuana he grows in the basement in his shop upstairs.

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