HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Boston Bud Factory opened their doors in Holyoke Friday morning.
The recreational marijuana dispensary is one of the first few locally owned dispensaries in Massachusetts and opened at 73 Sargeant Street in Holyoke.
“We’re one of the few, small mom and pop shops, we’re one of the first in the state. Don’t have the backing, don’t have the family, we have a limited amount of help, family and friends helping us get started,” said co-owner Frank Dailey.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse attended the opening at 10:15 a.m.
According to a news release sent to 22News, Boston Bud worked to open the retail store after two years in the licensing process. They hold two licenses from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, one for the retail store and one for product manufacturing.
“This is an exciting day for Boston Bud Factory and everyone who has helped us along the way. There are many friends and family who have helped us make this dream come true, and we are extremely grateful for all of their support.
The industry in Massachusetts is still developing and we hope to continue seeing more social equity and economic empowerment businesses opening across the state. As a small business, we hope to have a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere where people are comfortable asking questions and taking longer to figure out what products really suit their needs.”
Frank Dailey co-owner of Boston Bud Factory
Co-owners Frank Dailey and Carlo Sarno are both long-time residents of western Massachusetts. The two hope to open a retail store in Springfield in the near future.