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Region’s First Recreational Pot Shop Opening Saturday in Lowell

March 13, 2019

LOWELL -- The first edibles and flowers will be sold in the city’s first recreational marijuana store this weekend.

Patriot Care Corp. plans to open its doors to the public on Saturday, a spokesperson for the company confirmed Wednesday morning.

It will be the first recreational marijuana dispensary in Lowell and the Merrimack Valley. The closest to the region is in Salem.

On Monday, Patriot Care received a notice from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission authorizing retail operations to commence in three calendar days.

In recent weeks, Patriot Care told city officials they planned to open on a Saturday in March.

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. Marijuana-infused products include products, such as marijuana-based edible candies, baked goods, hash, oils and tinctures.

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.

The City Council voted to limit the number of recreational dispensaries in Lowell borders to five.

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.”

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