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Recreational Pot Shop Gets Green Light to Open in Lowell

March 11, 2019

LOWELL -- The first recreational marijuana dispensary within city borders has been given the green light to open its doors as soon as Friday.

Patriot Care Corp. -- which received state approval to sell recreational marijuana in January -- received a notice from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on Monday authorizing retail operations to commence in three calendar days.

On Jan. 24, the commission authorized Patriot Care to grow up to 50,000 square feet of marijuana and to make marijuana-infused products at 170 Lincoln St.

Patriot Care is a subsidiary of Columbia Care -- the largest marijuana business in the country, said Bob Mayerson, senior executive at Patriot Care, during a Opioid Epidemic Task meeting in Lowell last November.

It was also revealed during that meeting that, under the host-community agreement, the owner of Patriot Care will pay the city 3 percent of the marijuana business’ total revenues.

In addition, the retail marijuana, which can be purchased by those age 21 and older, includes a 20 percent sales tax. Seventeen percent of the sales tax goes to the state and 3 percent to the city, Mayerson said.

On the Patriot Care website, it states the company’s mission is to “redefine the perception of cannabis for the experienced user and uninitiated alike. We aspire to provide high-quality, and innovative cannabis products for all people who wish to alleviate symptoms or improve their quality of life.”

Representatives of Patriot Care were not immediately available to comment.

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