Medical marijuana dispensary Apothca is holding a grand opening on March 9 in Forest Hills. "Apothca is a premiere destination for quality curated cannabis and extremely personalized service from our sales associates. We always prioritize our patients (even when we do have adult-use) and make sure we are able to offer them the best medicine at the best prices," said Joseph Lekach, Chief Executive Officer of Apothca. "Our Boston dispensary is located right across the street from the Forest Hills MBTA Station which means that locals and commuters can easily hop off the train or bus to purchase the medicine and jump right back on." The dispensary is located at 54 Hyde Park Ave.
Jamaica Plain's Core Empowerment Social Justice Cannabis Museum is collaboration with the city to offer a series of free introductory informational sessions on the cannabis industry. The objective of the January sessions is to increase equity amongst Boston based cannabis licensees and applicants. “As we build a cannabis industry in our city, it’s crucial to uplift the communities that have lived the harms of previous marijuana laws and enforcement,” said Mayor Michelle Wu via press release. “I encourage all interested entrepreneurs to use these resources to ensure equitable growth for this emerging industry.”
Boston passed an ordinance establishing equitable regulation of the cannabis industry in 2019. That ordinance developed policies and procedures to encourage communities disproportionately by the War on Drugs, such as Black and Latino communities, to own dispensaries.
A marijuana company is hoping to open for medical sales in June on Hyde Park Avenue, and eventually for recreational use. "Right now, we are close to finishing the build-out of the store and expect to open for medical sales in June," said Joseph Lekach, Chief Executive Officer of Apothca, to Jamaica Plain News. "We are currently working our way through the City of Boston’s process on adding a co-located adult-use dispensary as well and do not yet have a timeline for that." Apothca reached a host agreement with the city for medical marijuana in January 2019 for their location at 54A Hyde Park Ave. Apothca operates two medical/recreational dispensaries in Massachusetts, one in Lynn and one in Arlington.
It's been a long time coming, but it looks like Jamaica Plain will finally have an open recreational marijuana dispensary. Tomas Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer of Core Cannabis LLC told Jamaica Plain News that the company will be opening its store Seed at 401A Centre St. in Hyde Square on Saturday, March 13 at 11 am to the public. They will be holding a soft opening on March 6 for friends, family, and invited guests. The approximate 6,000 sq.
There will be a virtual job fair on Friday hiring for retail positions for the marijuana dispensary that will be opening later this year. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the Office of Returning Citizens are co-hosting the job fair this Friday at 10 am. The Core dispensary will be opening the only adult-use marijuana business in Jamaica Plain in early 2021. Register for free to attend the virtual job fair at jpndc.org/corejobfair. You can email questions to Enrique Ponce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A newly proposed recreational-medical marijuana business may take over the space of longtime Jamaica Plain business, AAA Appliances, which has been at its current location since around 1970. The owner of AAA Appliances, Eleonore Grassa, is also the owner of the 767-773 Centre St. block, and has signed a letter of intent with Giving Tree Health Center, said Brian Bairos, Giving Tree's board president, director, CEP and head of cultivation. An employee at AAA Appliances said that the business is not closing, and that it would either relocate to another Jamaica Plain location or possibly West Roxbury. AAA Appliances has been in Jamaica Plain for around 60 years, first in Hyde Square and in its current location since the 1970s.
Earlier this week, a recreational marijuana company, Core Empowerment, gained approval by Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals, bringing it one step closer to opening in Jamaica Plain. The next step is for Core Empowerment to appear in front of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to get a license to open. Co-owner Tomas Gonzalez said no date has been set for a CCC meeting. Core has also signed a lease to go into a long-vacant basement level commercial space in Hyde Square. And for the most part there hasn’t been much reefer madness about a recreational marijuana company opening in Jamaica Plain.
The city recently signed host agreements with five recreational marijuana companies, including Core Empowerment, which plans on opening a 6,000-plus sq. ft. commercial business on Centre Street. Tomas Gonzalez, one of the co-owners of Core Empowerment, answered Jamaica Plain News' questions about parking, when the business plans on opening, security, the company's Good Neighbor Agreement and local organizations Core Empowerment will be supporting with donations. Q: What stage is Core Empowerment in the application process for opening a recreational marijuana dispensary in Jamaica Plain?
The management team for the proposed retail marijuana business that wants to go into the old Milky Way spot on Centre Street will be speaking at two neighborhood groups in the next week. Core Empowerment's leadership has been performing its due diligence to inform the public about its proposed retail store/social justice museum. Representatives have been meeting with neighborhood groups, including the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association in October. "Things have been going well. We continue to get local support for the project, so we're thrilled by the reception," said Core's Chief Operating Officer Tomas Gonzales to Jamaica Plain News.
A recreational marijuana company with an empowerment philosophy has proposed opening a dispensary/social justice museum in the long vacant old Milky Way space on Centre Street. "Core Empowerment intends to open the city of Boston's first high quality retail cannabis establishment and social justice museum/education center," said Tomas Gonzalez, one of the four owners of Core Empowerment, LLC to Jamaica Plain News via email. Gonzalez grew up in Jamaica Plain, previously ran for Boston City Council and was recently the deputy director for the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. He currently lives in Hyde Park. Gonzalez said the business would be in the lower level of 401A Centre St.