Marijuana at your doorstep: Your Green Package teams up with NETA to deliver recreational marijuana

  • Jonathan Santiago, a driver with Your Green Package, asks a question during a training session. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Trin Berjamin, head of delivery operations with Your Green Package, trains drivers about delivery protocol. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Trin Benjamin, head of delivery operations with Your Green Package, trains drivers Jonathan Santiago, left, and Phil George in delivery protocol. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Dharry Pauyo, co-founder and chief of staffing with Your Green Package, and Tim Tufts, delivery supervisor, train drivers about delivery protocol. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Izaiah Morales, a driver with Your Green Package, listens during a training session. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Trin Berjamin, head of delivery operations with Your Green Package, trains drivers about delivery protocol. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 7/14/2021 4:58:50 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Attention, Hampshire County cannabis users: Your Green Package has arrived.

One of the first recreational marijuana delivery services in Massachusetts, Your Green Package, is partnered with the Northampton marijuana dispensary New England Treatment Access, and their two-person driver teams hit the road for the first time this week.

Your Green Package president Christopher Fevry, 27, of Quincy, and chief of staff Lourdharry Pauyo, 27, of Brockton, are engaged to be married. The company is majority-owned by minorities and women.

“The biggest thing for us is execution,” said Fevry. “We want to make sure we’re always on time, we’re always compliant and that people are always satisfied.”

Fevry and Pauyo were inspired to get into the marijuana market in early 2020, after visiting the OG Cannabis Cafe in Los Angeles. The couple wanted to start their own cannabis cafe in Massachusetts, but there are no state regulations in place for social consumption sites.

“I said, ‘That’s fine. We’re getting in the cannabis industry anyway,’” said Pauyo. “It took a lot of connections, and people who wanted to make the industry more accessible.”

The couple participated in the Cannabis Control Commission’s Social Equity Program, which provides technical assistance to prospective licensees from communities that were disproportionately affected by arrest and incarceration since the start of the war on drugs.

Fevry and Pauyo impressed NETA and its parent company, Parallel, with their professionalism and sound business planning.

“We met with a range of different potential licensees, and regardless of age or previous experience, it was obvious to me that Chris had the most put-together operational plan and the discipline that we think it’s going to take,” said Blake Dow, a vice president at Parallel. “They’ve been extremely organized and extremely disciplined. They have a bar for hiring that is high enough to meet the NETA standard.”

The company’s three-day driver training was held in late June at the Hotel Northampton and in the parking lot of the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Conz Street. The company emphasized the importance of pristine paperwork, including odometer readings on every stop; each customer’s identification must be verified ahead of time at NETAcare.org, and no one is allowed to accept delivery except for the person who placed the order.

Jonathan Santiago, of Worcester, said he applied for a driver job with Your Green Package, but when they offered him an interview a few days later, he declined — at first. Soon, he called back and asked for another chance, and they obliged.

“Something told me, check these guys out,” said Santiago. “It’s an awesome thing in history. … It’s the real deal. This is not no gimmick. They’re set up to succeed.”

He said he was “excited” to find out just how serious Your Green Package is about compliance with state regulations because it let him know that the company wants to be around for a long time.

Each courier — the company has hired 20 people to date — wears a body camera, and each delivery vehicle is equipped with video equipment to ensure lawful driving and safety for the two-person team. Couriers are required to activate the body camera whenever they interact with a customer.

At this point, state regulators only require body cameras for recreational deliveries. NETA representatives said the footage is only viewable by state regulators and Your Green Package staff.

“Compliance is number one, and the word that follows right behind it is safety. They’re almost synonymous to me,” said Mimi Herrick, director of inventory management and distribution for NETA. “(Body cameras) are something on the customer experience side that we’re going to have to get used to.”

Caps on each customer’s daily purchase amount, which are set by the state, will not change. For next-day delivery, $100 is the minimum order amount, which would buy one quarter-ounce of flower.

“It could be quite a lot of product depending on how much you slice and dice it … and what kind of user you are,” said Herrick.

Delivery is available to customers in the greater Northampton and greater Boston areas, but only in communities that allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to open there.

Your Green Package and NETA were unable to provide a comprehensive list of communities where delivery is possible, but Trin Benjamin, head of delivery operations, said customers in Chicopee and Springfield can place orders, in addition to Northampton and the immediately surrounding area.

“We’ll try to get as far as we possibly can,” said Benjamin.

Brian Steele can be reached at bsteele@gazettenet.com.


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