Boston's First Cannabis Dispensary Opens With A Request: Avoid Driving – wgbh.org


With Boston’s first recreational marijuana dispensary set to open Monday, the owners and Mayor Marty Walsh are asking would-be customers to leave their cars at home.

“As you see, we have a wonderful new home here on Blue Hill Avenue,” said Kobie Evans, co-owner of Pure Oasis, at a store preview press conference Friday morning. “We encourage our customers to take public transportation and seek parking in local municipal parking lots.”

Evans and co-owner Kevin Hart noted that aside from the T, those looking to patronize the shop can use ride-share services, bike or walk.

The opening will mark slightly more than one year since the owners signed a contract for business with the City of Boston and three years since Massachusetts voters elected to legalize recreational marijuana with specific provisions to include those disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

Asked about the timeline for Boston to open its first dispensary, Mayor Walsh said Friday the wait was deliberate.

“Right away, we made a commitment in 2016 to regulate this industry in a way that works for our city,” he said from the Pure Oasis waiting room.

“I don’t think it took a long time. I think it’s about making sure that we’re getting this process right. The worst thing that could happen is if [we] start approving marijuana facilities all over Boston and Massachusetts and realize, ‘Oh, we really should’ve thought about this or that.'”

The mayor added that equity “is at the heart” of the city’s first store. Cannabis Control Commission Chair Steven Hoffman agreed and praised the jurisdictions that have prioritized equity applicants.

“I applaud Boston and Cambridge, Somerville, Holyoke … [which] have introduced equity into their application process,” he said. “I would love to see it in legislation that every city and town has a

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