Brookline’s second recreational marijuana dispensary is opening in Coolidge Corner. Here’s what you need to know. – Boston.com


Brookline’s second recreational marijuana shop is giving new meaning to the Green Line.

Sanctuary Medicinal, a cannabis company operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is planning a “soft opening” Saturday for its adult-use dispensary in Coolidge Corner, just steps away from the neighborhood’s eponymous MBTA stop.

Located at 1351 Beacon St., the pot shop will open at 10 a.m. with “a full array” of adult-use cannabis products, including flower, tinctures, concentrates, topicals, and edibles. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk-in customers are currently not allowed; visitors must reserve their order and schedule a pick-up time on the dispensary’s website.

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Sanctuary Medicinals CEO Jason Sidman says the company — which received final approval from state regulators on July 15 — is “thrilled” to officially join the “vibrant retail community” in Massachusetts.

“Over the last several months, we have had the pleasure of getting to know our Beacon Street neighbors and we aim to return their warm welcome with increased foot traffic that benefits all,” he said in a statement.

Inside the new Sanctuary Medicinals recreational marijuana dispensary in Coolidge Corner. —Handout

So far, state officials have given approval to more than 60 adult-use pot shops to open in Massachusetts. However, stores in the densely populated Boston area have been few and far between, as local officials wrestle to prioritize equity over immediacy.

The Boston area’s first adult-use dispensary opened in March 2019 in Brookline Village and quickly became one of the busiest pot shops in the country. Two dispensaries have since opened within the actual city of Boston — in Dorchester and in East Boston — as well as in the neighboring city of Newton.

Sanctuary Medicinals operates three other marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts, including a colocated recreational-medical shop in Gardner; the other two locations, located in Danvers

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