JPNC Hears Proposal for Medical/Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary on Hyde Park Ave. – Jamaica Plain Gazette


The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) met on July 28, where Joseph Lekach came before the Council with a proposal to open an adult-use cannabis dispensary at 54 Hyde Park Avenue.

Though the Council did not vote on this matter at this meeting, Lekach said he hopes to present again for a vote at a later meeting. The JPNC did provide a letter of non-opposition for the medical dispensary in 2017, Lekach said, but he is now seeking adult-use to be co-located in the same facility, which requires an additional letter from the Council.

Lekach, co-founder and CEO of Apothca, a cannabis company with “significant operations within the state,” including a greenhouse facility in Fitchburg and a medical and adult use dispensary in Lynn, said that this meeting was the fourth one he had done in July. He added that he was “able to get some good feedback from some of our neighbors.”

Lekach’s hope for the Hyde Park Ave. facility is to open in January of next year for medical, and possibly next August for adult use.

The space at 54 Hyde Park Ave. is 1,500 square feet and will be a retail-only location that would offer products like pre-rolled joints, edibles, gummies, tinctures, and more, as well as provide patient education materials. The facility will be fully handicap accessible and all bathrooms will be ADA complaint, he said.

Lekach talked about the safety of the facility, and said that “only patients and registered caregivers can enter the medical facility.”

All employees are “rigorously background checked” and must be 21 years old or older. He said that video surveillance cameras will be located “in all areas that contain marijuana as well as all points of entry and exit.”

Security agents will monitor areas

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