Boston’s first pot retailer gets a greenlight

State officials have licensed the city’s first cannabis shop more than a year after retail pot stores began opening across Massachusetts

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Boston’s first licensed cannabis store will open soon, Boston.com reports.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) voted to approve Pure Oasis on February 6, more than a year after retail pot stores began opening across Massachusetts.

Operated by African American entrepreneurs Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart, Pure Oasis is also the state’s first applicant approved under the commission’s economic empowerment program, which helps business owners from communities disproportionately impacted by the criminalization of marijuana obtain a license.

“We’ve had many milestones during the course of the commission’s history,” CCC chairman Steve Hoffman said. “We have a lot more work to do, as I constantly say, so I expect there will be future milestones as well.”

Evans said he hopes the store, which will be located the city’s Dorchester neighbourhood, will open in March. Pure Oasis still needs to receive a “commernce operations” notice, a process that generally takes six weeks, according to Boston.com.

The city’s licensing process has faced criticism over the difficulties business owners from minority groups face in getting approved. Many see this vote as a win for equity in the cannabis industry.

The state of Massachusetts has currently licensed or approved almost 300 marijuana businesses. However, only about 11 of those businesses are run by minority  owners.

 

 

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