Gardner Pot Facility OK’d for Recreational Sales

January 25, 2019

By Colin Young

State House News Service

GARDNER -- Marijuana regulators licensed the 100th cannabis business in Massachusetts on Thursday and voted to move three retail stores closer to being allowed to open their doors, including Sanctuary Medicinals LLC in Gardner.

Sanctuary Medicinals, which held its grand opening as a medical marijuana facility earlier this month at 16 Pearson Blvd., has now received approval for recreational sales.

The Cannabis Control Commission also authorized Revolutionary Clinics II, Inc. to grow up to 70,000 square feet of marijuana and manufacture infused products at 1 Oak Hill Road Unit B in Fitchburg,

Also among the nine final licenses approved Thursday by the commission were approvals for Patriot Care Corp. to sell non-medical marijuana to adults in Greenfield and Lowell. Those stores are planned for 7 Legion Ave. in Greenfield and 70 Industrial Ave. East in Lowell.

So far, nine retail marijuana stores have begun selling to adults 21 or older and the CCC expects four to eight more stores will open each month.

Patriot Care received approval to grow up to 50,000 square feet of marijuana and to make marijuana-infused products at 170 Lincoln St. in Lowell. Sanctuary Medicinals was approved to grow up to 40,000 square feet of marijuana and to make infused products at 234 Taylor St. in Littleton.

Going into Thursday’s meeting, the CCC had issued 99 licenses allowing all manner of cannabis commerce including cultivation, infused product manufacturing, retail sales and laboratory testing.

The CCC has also cleared 1,641 people to work in marijuana establishments. Before voting on the nine final licenses, the commission met in a closed session for about 45 minutes to discuss the security plans for the retailers, an additional measure of scrutiny the CCC does not typically apply when considering final licenses.

After resuming the public meeting, the commission adopted a motion of Commissioner Britte McBride to require that the licensees approved Thursday must notify the CCC “of any updates to written operations plans” and that the companies allow the CCC to inspect those plans on-site.

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