WORCESTER, MA — An adult-use cannabis retailer planning a storefront inside the Ivy Corset building is seeking permission to make home deliveries, potentially making it one of the first cannabis delivery services in Worcester.
The Worcester Planning Board in November voted unanimously to grant The Corner Emporium permission to open the retail store. The store received a provisional license from the state in May, according to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). Now, the owners are seeking delivery approval from the Planning Board, and a public hearing is set for the July 7 meeting.
The CCC in June opened up the application process for delivery licenses by cannabis retail stores. The commission last May began offering licensing to couriers, who pick up product from existing stores for a fee. The first two companies received permission to commence courier deliveries just this week.
The Corner Emporium plans to operate three delivery vehicles and make up to 30 drop-offs per day. The unmarked vehicles would be able to carry up to $10,000 worth of marijuana products at a time, according to the application. Under state rules, delivery services can only operate in the city where they’re located.
For the first three years, the CCC’s new retail delivery licenses are only open to businesses under the economic empowerment and social equity programs.
Another planned Worcester economic empowerment cannabis retailer, Major Bloom, recently received permission from the Worcester Planning Board to deliver. That store is planning to open soon along Millbury Street. Ross Bradshaw, the owner of New Día, the city’s first economic empowerment retail store, is not planning to apply for a delivery license at the moment, he said recently.