The City of Boston now has two recreational marijuana dispensaries.
With little fanfare, Berkshire Roots opened its East Boston pot shop for the first time Monday. The company, which also runs a marijuana dispensary in Pittsfield, received a commence operations notice from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission late last month.
Located at 253 Meridian St. — about a half-mile walk from the Maverick MBTA Blue Line station — the new East Boston dispensary is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to its website.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, customers are currently required to reserve their order and designated pickup time online before visiting. Face coverings are also required inside the store, per state guidelines.
Customers will not be allowed to enter until they receive a text confirmation that their order is ready.
Due to limited parking, Berkshire Roots is encouraging customers to take ride-sharing services to the nearby Dunkin’ location at 31 Central St. or use the MBTA; in addition to the Blue Line, the store is accessible via the 114, 116, 117, 120, and 121 bus routes. For those who do drive, the dispensary suggests several local municipal lots (#026, #005, and #004).
Berkshire Roots on their first day of business Monday. —Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe
“The store is ready,” James Winokur, the CEO of Berkshire Roots, told The Boston Globe, which first reported the opening Monday. “We have great neighbors, and it’s really a special place in Boston, given the mix of cultures, language, and history.”
According to the store’s website, the menu includes a deep array of cannabis flower, infused gummy chews and chocolates, concentrates, vape cartridges, and pre-rolled joints, among other products.
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