Trahan to visit shoe factory-turned-marijuana cultivation facility

Congresswoman Lori Trahan speaks in Lawrence in April 2019.
Congresswoman Lori Trahan speaks in Lawrence in April 2019.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File

Congresswoman Lori Trahan will tour a marijuana cultivation facility in Fitchburg on Wednesday to highlight the economic benefits the growing cannabis industry holds for Massachusetts, and particularly for former shoe and textile manufacturing hubs.

After the tour of Revolutionary Clinics’ cultivation center, Trahan is expected to discuss how the cannabis industry has played into Fitchburg’s economic revitalization “as well as future opportunities in Central and Western Massachusetts cities and towns that once were hubs of shoe and textile manufacturing and have since struggled to repurpose those buildings with job producing employers.”

Revolutionary Clinics’ Fitchburg cultivation facility is in a space formerly used as a shoe factory that supplied Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, and L.L.Bean. The company said its cultivation center has created more than 100 new jobs and generated more than $700,000 in tax revenue in the last three years.


Garden Remedies, another licensed marijuana retailer, also operates its cultivation facility in Fitchburg.

A total of 51 applications for cannabis cultivation and product manufacturing have been filed or approved across Trahan’s Third Congressional District, including 17 in Fitchburg and 11 in Lowell.

Fitchburg Mayor Steve DiNatale and Cannabis Control Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan, a former state senator from Leominster, will join Trahan Wednesday at 2 p.m. at 1 Oak Hill Road in Fitchburg. Revolutionary Clinics co-founder Ryan Ansin and CEO Keith Cooper, as well as North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce public affairs manager Chris McDermott, will also attend.