After receiving final approval from state regulators on Thursday, Boston’s first recreational cannabis shop will open its doors to customers next week. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s “commence operations” notice issued to Pure Oasis in the Grove Hall community of Dorchester will allow the retailer to open on Monday morning.
In addition to being the first licensed recreational cannabis shop within Boston’s city limits, Pure Oasis is also the first retailer to be operated by a member of the state’s economic empowerment program, which was created to foster ownership in the cannabis industry by members of communities disproportionately harmed by the failed War on Drugs. Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart, the co-owners of the new store, thanked state regulators and city officials in a joint statement on Thursday morning.
“We are excited to reach this important moment where we will open our doors as the first retail cannabis business in Boston and as the first economic empowerment candidate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” they said.
“It’s surreal to make it to the finish line because this started over a conversation about there not being opportunities for people who look like us,” Hart told the Boston Globe.