The Boston Cannabis Board yesterday approved a proposal by the city's first medicinal-marijuana dispensary, on Milk Street, to add recreational pot to its offerings and approved a number of proposed pot shops from East Boston to Roslindale.
The votes by the board do not mean the shops can now open - they still need to win approval from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, which can prove a lengthy process.
However, Patriot Care, which won city approval for its medical dispensary at 21 Milk St. after promising it would not seek to add "adult use" products, will get an expedited review for its shop because it already has approval to sell medical marijuana.
In its vote yesterday, the city board set several conditions on its approval, including that the new shop sell recreational pot only on an appointment basis for its first six months and that it would have to return to that model if, starting in the seventh month, lines start forming outside. Also, the shop can't sell "pre-rolled cannabis products," has to set a minimum order of $35, and has to include educational information about marijuana in each products.
Also yesterday, the board approved:
- A proposal by HVV Massachusetts to open a recreational-pot shop at 220 McClellan Highway in East Boston, alongside the medical dispensary for which it has a state license but which it has yet to open;
- A proposal by New England Cannabis Corp. for a pot shop at 204 North Beacon St. in Brighton, next to the Dunkin' Donuts at North Beacon and Market Street;
- A proposal by Massachusetts Citizens for Social Equity owner Brian Chavez to tear down his uncle's bodega at 3997 Washington St. in Roslindale (the one with the bodega-cat mural on the Archdale Road side) to build a pot shop; Chavez also owns Hi-Fi Pizza in Fields Corner and is an "equity applicant" - who gets preference both as a member of a minority group and as somebody who had legal trouble because of marijuana before it was decriminalized;
- A proposal by LowKey LLC for a pot shop at 571 Washington St. in Codman Square. The owner is an "equity applicant."
The board rejected a proposal by Dragon Vapors, LLC for a pot shop at 354-358 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton and deferred until October a vote on a proposal by New Dia LLC for a pot shop that would share space in the building housing the Cask and Flagon across from Fenway Park.
The board approved a proposal by Beacon Compassion, Inc. for a medical dispensary at 1524 VFW Parkway in West Roxbury - it would go in the basement of the building that already houses a liquor store and a sex-toys shop.