Newton recreational marijuana store receives final license from state commission

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A Newton recreational marijuana shop is one step closer to opening after it received its final license from the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday.

At a public meeting, the state commission gave Garden Remedies Inc. the license it needs to transform its medical marijuana dispensary on Washington Street in Newton into a medical and recreational store.

The next step is for the state to give the company a “commence operations” notice that will allow it to open after three calendar days. Though the state does not lay out a guaranteed timeline for that process, the first 14 stores that opened spent an average of four weeks and six days with a final license before receiving a “commence operations” notice.


Garden Remedies in Newton would be Greater Boston’s second store, following the opening of New England Treatment Access in Brookline, which began recreational marijuana sales in March.

There are a total of 14 recreational marijuana stores open in Massachusetts. A 15th store received its “commence operations” notice to open last week.

Garden Remedies also has a medical dispensary in Melrose, and the company has a provisional license to open a medical and recreational dispensary in Marlborough.

One other company also received a final license Thursday — Mass Alternative Care Inc. in Chicopee. The company opened its medical dispensary in Chicopee in August, and, according to its website, has plans to open at least two other dispensaries.

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