Greenfield set for first retail pot shop

  • Customers purchase products at Patriot Care medical marijuana dispensary in Greenfield in April last year. Soon, recreational cannabis products will be sold as well. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • The former American Legion Post 81 building at 7 Legion Ave. in Greenfield, now owned by Patriot Care. File photo

Staff Writer
Published: 1/25/2019 10:28:03 AM

GREENFIELD — Franklin County should finally have its own recreational marijuana store by the end of February.

Patriot Care received its final license from the state Cannabis Control Commission Thursday in Boston. 

Patriot Care currently operates its medical marijuana business out of the American Legion building behind Green Fields Market in Greenfield, and a spokesperson for the company said late Thursday night they expect for the business to open for retail by the end of February. 

Patriot Care will join the busy pot business in western Massachusetts. When Northampton’s dispensary opened in November there were long lines in town for weeks. Easthampton’s dispensary had similar long lines. A pot shop in Pittsfield was approved to open earlier in the month, too. 

Facilities that first opened up a medical marijuana business had a leg-up on the recreational pot business. 

Since the state’s first recreational pot shops opened in November, the state has seen $23.8 million in gross sales through Jan. 20. This past week shoppers spent an average of $44 per visit, totaling roughly $3.4 million in sales across Massachusetts from Jan. 14 to 20. 

Communities across Franklin County, like those around the state, have looked to pot to generate revenue for their towns. 

Greenfield Mayor William Martin said at the City Council meeting in December, while discussing reasons why building a new $19.5 million library will not be a burden on the taxpayer, that marijuana sales may help to alleviate some of that tax burden on homeowners. 

The city gets to tax the retail pot sales and plans to invest some of that into education, based on the city’s host agreement. 

Similar to Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, who was first in line to buy pot when the store in his city opened, Martin said recently he, too, hopes to be first in line when Patriot Care opens. 

Further details on the Patriot Care plans were not available Thursday night when lead spokesman and Vice President of Community Affairs and Community Relations Dennis Kunian did not return phone calls. 

A spokesperson for Patriot Care said in an email Thursday night: “We look forward to serving their needs through both the medical and adult use programs by the end of February – making our high quality selection of cannabis-derived medicines and products available state-wide through distribution partnerships, and through our own facilities beginning with our dispensaries in Lowell and Greenfield; followed by Boston later this year.”


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