The controversial medical marijuana dispensary at 255 Turnpike Drive is open for business. CommCan opened its Southborough facility last week.
Owners originally targeted June for the opening. But public communications on progress ceased in May. The company updated Facebook followers about the July 28th opening a week prior. And last week, another post shared its hours for MMJ patients.
Marketing its goods, this week the business posted to Facebook:
MWDN/Southborough Wicked Local interviewed CommCan’s CEO. He noted that no appointments are required, but customers do need a medical marijuana identification card to enter.
From the article:
Standing outside CommCan’s medical marijuana dispensary on Rte. 9, CEO Marc Rosenfeld says the company landed the perfect spot to open its first of three shops.
Many customers used to drive to Brookline, Brockton or Quincy — or other far flung areas of the state — to pick up such medicinal products, he said.
“We filled an incredible gap here in MetroWest,” Rosenfeld said during a tour of the shop Tuesday morning. The spot on the westbound side of Rte. 9 is near Rte. 85, Interstate 495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The family-run business invested millions into its cultivation facility in Medway, which produces products for its shops and sells wholesale to other companies, and the new dispensary. Shops are set to open in Millis and Mansfield.
CommCan, formally The Commonwealth Cannabis Co., is one of 36 dispensaries to open in the state with more expected in the coming years. The shop is on the first floor of 255 Turnpike Road, which used to be a home improvement showroom.
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The spot was within the zone that had been approved by Town Meeting voters. But while it is more than 500 feet from a public school, many were taken aback by it being less than 1,000 feet. And some opposed having a dispensary in town at all. (Though it would have been against state law to completely zone out dispensaries.)
Although fewer in number, there were also residents who voiced support for the importance of providing access to medical marijuana for those who need it. That included the building’s landlord. At the first public meeting on the facility, William Picardi told the room that his wife had spent almost every day with a close friend dying from cancer. He said Medical Marijuana had been her friend’s only relief during her last year.
The Town’s agreement with CommCan promised $50K per year after two years, plus a 3% profit share after one year, capped at $500k per year.