BROCKTON — Legal Greens has officially planted its roots in a busy area of downtown Brockton as the East Coast’s first Black woman-owned recreational marijuana dispensary.
“As first-generation Haitian Americans, we are fulfilling our parents’ dreams of creating a better life for future generations to come,” said Vanessa Jean-Baptiste, of Brockton, co-owner of Legal Greens with Mark Bouquet, of Boston.
Sunday marked the grand opening of the dispensary at 75 Pleasant St., which according to a statement from Legal Greens is the first Black woman-owned dispensary on the East Coast and the first Haitian American-owned dispensary in the country.
When you walk into the bustling dispensary, you are greeted with warm smiles by the receptionist, potted plants and earthy decor.
Customers sit patiently on a wooden bench to enter the sales floor, where various cannabis products, from THC-infused drinks and baked treats to pre-rolled joints are waiting for purchase.
Jean-Baptiste, who has lived in Brockton her entire life, always wanted to locate the dispensary downtown, she said. She didn’t want it to be on the outskirts of the city.
“I want to bring life into downtown. I want to be the first person in downtown to create some change,” Jean-Baptiste said.
Legal Greens, which so far employs 10 Brockton residents and will pay a 3 percent local