By Drew Sullivan
HANSON — A small turnout for Impressed LLC’s latest public outreach meeting took place on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Hanson Senior Center, as they continue their process toward opening a cannabis grow facility in town.
Local supporter Amanda Rubins was the lone person in attendance, as she talked about the possible benefits of CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical in the marijuana plant.
Co-owners and father-daughter team Ralph and Alli Greenberg talked about their positive impact plan, and the importance of community in their process.
“I think corporate social responsibility is instilled in us,” said Alli. “We founded a family nonprofit and I couldn’t think of being in this position and not trying to do more.
“We even hired someone to come up with our positive impact plan to then see what we could do beyond it.” said Ms. Greenberg
Alli then went into further detail about their nonprofit, Key for Hope.
“If we could find two local food pantries, we’ll do an annual donation, and I’d like to match that via our nonprofit as well.”
The donations would be an expression of community support, according to the Greenbergs.
“The end goal is to eliminate food insecurity,” said Ralph. “By utilizing the metal from spare keys, that can be turned into money to buy food.
“It’s not just the sheer economic value,” said Mr. Greenberg, “but a community program that provides awareness.”
Hanson resident Amanda Rubins appeared pleased with the steps that Impressed LLC has taken thus far.
“I’m a non-consumer, but I think all of their outreach and all they’ll do for Hanson will be great,” she said. “I’m glad they’re here doing great things for us.”
As for the hopeful company’s next steps, the Greenbergs have a plan.
“We still have to get through the licensing process,” said Alli, “then marketing and building our team will be our next big component. We’re hoping to be in business by spring of 2020.”