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The attorney representing proposed cannabis mini-farms at the Berkshire Mall fielded questions Monday about water use, property values, security and where marijuana grown at the defunct mall would be shipped. The community session, required by the Cannabis Control Commission, offered the most detailed look to date at plans by JMJ Holdings to shift to a new use of the former retail destination.

The deal that appears likely to transform the Berkshire Mall into one of the largest indoor cannabis cultivation and manufacturing sites in Massachusetts took root this winter. Buyers toured in March. They liked what they saw enough to put down $100,000 in May and sign an $8 million purchase-and-sale agreement.