Nearly 40 months since Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana, Boston is getting its first recreational pot shop.
Pure Oasis, an adult-use marijuana dispensary located in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Dorchester, announced that it plans to open Monday at 11 a.m., after the state’s Cannabis Control Commission issued the store a commence operations notice Thursday morning. The dispensary is also the first application to come through the CCC’s economic empowerment program, which offered a faster review process to entrepreneurs from communities hit hardest by the war on drugs.
“We are excited to reach this important moment where we will open our doors as the first retail cannabis business in Boston and as the first economic empowerment candidate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart, the co-owners of Pure Oasis, said in a joint statement Thursday morning, thanking the CCC, city officials, and their community for their support.
Shipment boxes arrive Tuesday at Pure Oasis. —David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe Advertisement
Located at 430 Blue Hill Ave., the dispensary received its final license from the CCC last month and is slated to become the state’s 40th store to sell recreational marijuana. A spokesman for Pure Oasis says the company will hold a press conference Friday to provide more details on their opening plans.
However, Pure Oasis leaders are gearing up for a busy opening. The Boston Globe reported last week that the dispensary is expecting up to 1,000 customers a day and has rented space next door to accommodate up to 100 people waiting in line indoors. And while the dispensary highly recommends using public transportation due to limited street parking, they also say a municipal lot will be available roughly a block away off Georgia Street.
According to their website, Pure Oasis’s menu