Pot shops could bud in Mattapan, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, East Boston

Pot-shop proposals are popping up like daisies across Boston:

On Tuesday, Jody Mendoza and her husband, Richy Peña, hold an outreach meeting for their proposed Mojos pot shop at 1292 Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Public Library. The Dorchester Reporter has more on the proposal.

On Wednesday, Roslindale residents get a chance to discuss Mitch Rosenfield's proposal for a recreational pot shop at 882 South St., across from Green T, in Roslindale. Rosenfield, who lives around the corner from the site, has run the Hempest clothing store on Newbury Street for more than two decades - and has long been active in the movement to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts.

The outreach meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Highway.

Also on Wednesday, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council holds a meeting to discuss Core Empowerment's proposed retail pot shop at 401 Centre St., next to the recently re-opened Caffe Aromi in Hyde Square. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

Next week, on Dec. 12, East Boston residents get to hear about Omnicann's proposal for a pot shop at 24 Porter St. in Central Square. The meeting begins at 6:20 p.m. at the East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square.

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Across South Street

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That block of kind of run down shops, where the Chinese takeaway is. At least I think that's where it is.

Maybe they have the number wrong

The Chinese restaurant (Hong Kong 888 Cafe) is at 888 South Street, so 883 would have to be across the street which would be the old school (Googling the address shows a picture of the school, not the block next door to 888).

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Now I'm confused

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Though not dazed.

I checked out the numbering convention at a different location, and sure enough, St. Thomas Aquinas Church is on the odd numbered side of the street, which is opposite Hong Kong 888 (though miles apart.)

Yep

That's why I made the error I did.

Curse you Google Maps!

Damn, sorry

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It's 882 South St., not 883. I can't type. I've fixed it in the original post.

You just wait

I am writing a scathing letter to the Universal Hub ombudsman about how I made an erroneous comment due to your so called typo.

The numeral '8'

...is considered to be a lucky number by many (especially older) Chinese. Not surprising that a resto would call itself HK 888, even if it's almost, but not quite, at #888.

Ahem

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"Across from Green T"

ahem ahem

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Green T is a restaurant. You're probably thinking of Green Street T stop, which is in JP.

That's the issue...

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Residential area and not a ton of parking options. As a resident of the area, it may severely impact our ability to park in the area of our homes. Hopefully there's some sort of plan for parking...

Go to the meeting tonight!

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There are two types of issues. The first one is the impact of the business on the area. Put their feet to the fire on parking. The second one is the product. No one wants to admit it, but then again, to use the appropriate analogy, some people wouldn't want a liquor store going in there, either.

However you stand, you should go to the meeting. I'm clear on the other side of the neighborhood, so I'll be sitting this one out.

East Boston site

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The proposed East Boston site is next door to North Suffolk Mental Health Association. They offer treatments for addicts. There are better locations for a Pot Shop in East Boston.

Well marijuana has helped

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Well marijuana has helped some addicts break their addiction. The bigger issue for addicts may be CVS/Walgreens.

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Yep

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My uncle never like taking Oxy because it made him woozy and depressed, so he got a med card when cannabis became available. He put together a plan with his doc to taper off the oxy and use THC instead.

He wasn't the only patient the doctor had who wanted to do this, so he formed a support group for them. It didn't quite work for some people's chronic pain, but was quite useful for most of the people who had been stuck with oxy.

As an addict I wish I could

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As an addict I wish I could use weed to stop my addiction to other drugs, but I can't stand the smell of it and how it makes people who smoke it smell. It would be cool if odorless weed could be invented.

Edibles?

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Get the benefits of marijuana/THC without smoking it.

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also

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Vape - still has some taste to it, but doesn't make the user "smell"

THC Pills - haven't tried these, but I assume they are tasteless and odorless

EDIBLES, my man. commercial

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EDIBLES, my man. commercial edibles are even less aftertasty than homemade - try a bag of gummies, seriously.

Where in a densely populated

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Where in a densely populated area are you going to find locations nowhere near any type of clinic, school, or what-have-you?

Moreover, this clinic has heretofore coexisted just fine with codeine-dispensing CVS and Walgreens, to say nothing of the countless packies.

The pearl-clutching over this is just backdoor prohibition. The voters have spoken. Time to respect that decision.

And I've never used marijuana in my life, for the record, but I will be very happy if I don't have to drive my elderly mother out to freaking Leicester for a liver-friendly pain treatment.

A pot shop on Porter Street

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A pot shop on Porter Street in East Boston, that’s not going to happen.
Residents who live on Chelsea st, Paris, Havre , Bremen and parts of Jeffries point use Porter street as an entry point
to go to the Bank and various shops throughout central Sq , these residents do not want to be disrupted by pot smoking outsiders coming in and reaking havoc and take every available parking spot.

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Outsiders?

Are there not going to be pot shops in Revere and Chelsea? I think most pot shops eventually will serve local markets, same as packies do.

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It will be the same as

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It will be the same as having a Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds or Burger king at that location, cars pulling up double parking , people hanging outside the store , they’ll be strewing litter , cigarette butts onto sidewalk, residents don’t need to put with all that bullshit.

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Prove it

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Prove it.

This sounds like bigoted BS to me.

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Wrong problem

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Sounds like you need to be banning Dunkin', McDonald's, and Burger Kings.

Naming the band

I think Reeking Havoc would be a great band name. I just can’t figure out where to put the umlauts.

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so

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these residents do not want to be disrupted by pot smoking outsiders coming in and reaking havoc and take every available parking spot.

Ok great. So I take it you're all for Kappy's in Liberty Plaza closing also, if this is your complaints about a pot shop. Replace "pot smokers" with "alcohol drinkers" and its one in the same.

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If only there were a a subway

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If only there were a a subway stop nearby. Perhaps they could call it "The Blue Line". Oh well! I guess all the local businesses have to close up so that spoiled, whiny drivers can have free parking.

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If only there were a long,

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If only there were a long, soft piece of furniture you could lay on in a therapists office.

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In Roslindale

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Neighbors better start petitioning the city for resident only parking. The area has VERY limited parking for the small commercial area.

Hence the crazy turnover for businesses in the area, less Checkmate and Henry's.

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You're 100% right

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This is not an Apple store, this is something new and exciting which will attract far more people then a new iPhone.

Except that part of the

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Except that part of the reason lines are so long right now at those 2 places, is because they are the only 2 places! When there's a pot shop in every city, there won't be any reason for someone in East Boston, Medford, Somerville, etc., to drive to Roslindale.

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And in what year will that be?

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It's very foolish to think that the first few cannabis stores in the largest city in New England won't be the object of serious traffic (both auto and foot).

Yes, eventually they might be as common as liquor stores - but that won't be for a long loooong time, if trends of recent history do not drastically change. I'm kind of surprised that so many people here seem to think the floodgates are open now. Where's the evidence that the CCC is going to significantly increase the rate of store approvals? It's going to take years, if ever, for cannabis stores to approach the ubiquity of liquor stores.

As such, I think it's perfectly reasonable for people living in these 'pioneer' neighborhoods to be concerned about the changes this might make to their quality of life, and to consider/ask for considerations to ameliorate the negatives.

Those lines are because only

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Those lines are because only two stores have been able to open. Also, the novelty of newly legal shopping. By the time anything opens here there will be a dozen and counting. People will go to the stores convenient for them like anything else. There’s limited parking here anyway so what’s the difference, all businesses are in the same boat. It’s on bus lines, a block from the train, and walkable from Forest Hills.
People mobbed the Trillium beer garden last winter and I don’t remember it impacting traffc.

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Huh?

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As you note, Checkmate and Henry's have been doing well for a long time, and I haven't heard of Green T having any issues.

Admittedly, were this location the first Boston spot for marijuana (which it won't be) there would be a big issue with traffic. If the location on Hyde Park Ave opens first, that will probably be where most of the automobile traffic will head. In that case, the issue is with the business model of the owners, not with parking. Parking will take care of itself. No one is going to this place for hours on end. They will enter, engage with staff, and leave. I don't see any transactions taking more than an hour, though probably a lot less. I mean, the barbershop would see people there for longer.

I'm not saying I agree or disagree with the proposal. I put it in the realm of "would I be happy if a liquor store opened there." But traffic should not be a big issue.

Parking not the issue

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Hence the crazy turnover for businesses in the area

First of all, that area has a very low turnover. The few places that I can think of that came and went were in niche markets (a Brazilian-themed store, an appliance store, a couple of hair salons.) They didn't fail because people couldn't find parking; simply not enough people wanted to buy what they were selling.

for those who work

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is there a mail-in option or some other way to let our support be known, since 6pm is about when I get home, on a good day?

[email protected]

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[email protected] yes this is the contact of the mayor's point person on this issue. Write them a letter of support, and copy your city councilor as well

Jamaica Plain?

I heard JP has a potential spot in the works too. Anyone know anything about that? -asking for a friend.

West Roxbury Sin City Block

Aren't they putting one in by the vape store and the sex toy shop by the Long John Silver's on Rt 1? The seedy underbelly of West Roxbury...

Adam updated the post

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From the update:

Also on Wednesday, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council holds a meeting to discuss Core Empowerment's proposed retail pot shop at 401 Centre St., next to the recently re-opened Caffe Aromi in Hyde Square. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

Ok

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As long as the folks in Roslindale make plans for the initial rush related to traffic etc I am fine with this. All of the craziness seen with the early shops should eventually diminish as more open, but there will probably need to be some traffic control and orderliness issues taken into consideration at the outset and until it calms down.

The flyer I got listed the

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The flyer I got listed the proposed address as 882 South Street which would it in the same block of storefronts as 888 Hong Kong Cafe.

Updated story

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There's also a meeting this week on a proposed pot shop on Centre Street in Hyde Square in JP. I've added info to the original post.

Cannabis should be sold in

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Cannabis should be sold in the vegetable section of the supermarkets. In the Philippines where there is no government regulation cannabis is $15 a ton.

Hemp

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Hemp and cannabis are related, but only in the same sense that housecats and cheetahs are.