WORCESTER – More than 5½ years after Massachusetts voters approved a referendum to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, the city is finally on the verge of its first medical cannabis dispensary.
The Board of Health has issued a medical marijuana license to Good Chemistry of Massachusetts Inc., which will open a dispensary at 9 Harrison St. in the Canal District.
The board unanimously approved the first such license for Worcester Monday night.
Earlier Monday, Good Chemistry received an occupancy permit from the city for its dispensary, and the state conducted its final inspection of the facility.
Pending final state approval, Good Chemistry aims to open the medical marijuana dispensary in early August, according to Matthew Huron, chief executive officer of Good Chemistry.
“Monday was an extraordinary day for us,” Mr. Huron said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “We received our certificate of occupancy from the city, we had our final inspection by the state and then the Board of Health voted to issue us the first medical marijuana license in Worcester. All we are waiting on now is a piece of paper from the state.
“It’s been a long process,” he continued. “We are happy to finally reach the point where we are now getting ready to open. We intend to become an active member of Worcester’s business community and a good neighbor.”
Good Chemistry is one of four companies that have negotiated community host agreements with the city for the operation of medical marijuana facilities in Worcester.
Its medical cannabis dispensary in Worcester will be the company’s first one in Massachusetts. Mr. Huron said Good Chemistry chose Worcester five years ago and has been leasing the property at 9 Harrison St. since then as it went through the lengthy approval process.
“We’re excited for the chance to bring our high standards to Worcester, and we look forward to