Cannabis commission gives final approval to BWell and advances other area proposals.
WORCESTER — The cannabis industry on the Cape and Islands is starting to grow, with multiple businesses taking a step forward with the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday.
The industry has struggled to take root in the area, with several towns imposing an outright ban on retail stores since the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016. The Cape’s first recreational shop opened in Provincetown in January, and a second will likely be joining it soon.
BWell, a proposed retail marijuana store at 220 Commercial St., received its final approval from the commission and could open later this summer.
Provincetown is poised to become the Cape’s cannabis hotbed, with several more proposals in the pipeline. The only other marijuana business open in the region is Triple M, a medical dispensary in Mashpee, which is also looking to open a retail store at its Echo Road location.
“We’re delighted that we received the state’s approval today,” BWell’s owner, Karen Nash, said in a statement Thursday. “It’s been a long process. We are grateful to everyone who supported us along the way. We don’t have an opening date yet. We still have to have our final inspection with the state, and we hope to know early next week when that will take place. Please stay tuned.”
Several other local businesses made gains at the commission’s meeting.
CCC Wellfleet NV, a planned retail marijuana shop at 1446 Route 6 in Wellfleet, obtained a provisional license this week, and the Green Lady, Nantucket’s first recreational marijuana shop, received its final approvals for a medical dispensary.
ACK Natural, which holds the only other local license on Nantucket, had hopes of getting provisional approvals Thursday for cannabis cultivation, retail and product manufacturing, but the commission