Cape Cod’s first recreational cannabis dispensary will be operated by Curaleaf

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Cape Cod’s first recreational cannabis dispensary will be operated by Curaleaf

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

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The first recreational cannabis dispensary in Cape Cod is about to open its doors. Curaleaf Holdings Inc. – a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator will operate the pot shop, which is expected to begin ushering in customers on January 29 in the downtown Provincetown. 

A meeting set to commence on January 28 will determine whether or not Cape Cod’s cannabis dispensary will open on the predicted date, since this is when town officials will make the decision of awarding local licenses to store owners. 

Things look promising, however, what with Curaleaf already having received a notice from the Cannabis Control Commission to kick-start operations.

Since its inception in 2010, Curaleaf has evolved into one of the most acclaimed cannabis companies in the States, with the company being led by a Massachusetts native — CEO Joseph Lusardi.

The first adult-use cannabis store to commence operations in Massachusetts opened its doors in November 2019 in the Oxford area. A “commence operations” notice has also been awarded to M3 Ventures Inc. in Plymouth.

Curaleaf’s new cannabis dispensary could create over 30 new jobs 

According to the President of Curaleaf, Cape Cod’s cannabis dispensary is anticipated to create as many as 30 new jobs. Budtenders will be sought after; this job role involves serving consumers and dealing with transactions, as well as informing them on the best type of product to suit their specific needs.

“Cultivating wellness is our mission and we’re excited to become a part of this important community where we expect to create over 30 jobs and get involved with many of the local charities and initiatives that are important to the Outer Cape,” said Curaleaf Massachusetts President Patrik Jonsson.

While job creation is sure to positively impact the Cape Cod community, residents are concerned that the new store will create a conundrum in regards to increased traffic and overcrowded parking. Fortunately, Cape Cod’s cannabis dispensary will be positioned close to a handful of the town’s public parking spaces on 170 Commercial Street. Cyclists will also be able to park their bike at a fixed track in front of the store.

Curaleaf will also open a dispensary in Ware, MA this year

Curaleaf doesn’t plan to stop after launching the Cape Cod cannabis dispensary. The U.S. company recently announced that it has also gained final approval from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to operate another adult-use retail dispensary in Ware, MA at some point during 2020. 

At the current time, Curaleaf employs 145 people in Massachusetts and an additional 65 people in its Wakefield location.

“As one of the largest cannabis companies in the United States, we are proud to be based right here in Massachusetts and to be expanding our presence across the Commonwealth,” said Curaleaf CEO Joseph Lusardi. “Providing high quality and reliable products to patients and customers in our home state of Massachusetts as well as across the country is important to us.”

Post final inspections of the Cape Cod cannabis dispensary – in addition to the soon-to-be dispensary in Ware – will be scheduled in a joint effort by Curaleaf and the Commission.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing lab-tested products from Cape Cod’s cannabis dispensary (once operational) can do so between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer months. Hours will be reduced during the off-season; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.