TAUNTON — After years of debate over the number of retail marijuana licenses the city will give out and fraught meetings with potential retailers, Taunton is getting close to having its first retail marijuana shop open.
While it’s unclear who will be the first to actually open their doors to the public, since none have been given their final license from the state, we do know which businesses have the green light from the city and which have been stymied in their attempts to set up shop.
So far, six retailers have been awarded a retail license from the city, and only two more can be awarded. Right now, only two other retail businesses have active Host Community Agreements (HCA), and are likely to become the last two businesses to be granted a license.
Retail marijuana shops
Commonwealth Alternative Care — Commonwealth Alternative Care was the first retail marijuana shop to be awarded a retail license by the Taunton City Council back in October 2019. The shop had already been selling marijuana products to those with a prescription since August 2018.
Their location, at 30 Mozzone Blvd., has been approved by the Council for cultivation, product manufacturing and retail.
While the shop has retained its license, HCA and special permit, it was recently chided during the June 29 City Council meeting for getting in trouble with the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) because its parent company, TILT Holdings, allegedly mismanaged contracts and loans to their advantage and did not disclose information to the CCC properly.
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Some city councilors signaled at the meeting that if the company did not maintain good status with the CCC, that they might not renew their HCA, special permit or license in the future.
GTE Taunton — GTE Taunton is a retail-only marijuana shop that will be located at 295 Broadway. It was granted a conditional retail license by the city on Dec. 29, 2020, along with two other businesses.
LMCC — LMCC, which stands for Local Motion Cannabis Company, is owned by Brazilian immigrant and social equity applicant Flavia Hungaro. It was another business granted a provisional license on Dec. 29, 2020, and will be located at 93 County St.
Originally, the business was looking to open at 354 Winthrop St., but its HCA for that location was revoked in November 2019. Hungaro then found the location on County Street and pursued opening there.
Hungaro is also applying for a license to cultivate, manufacture and deliver marijuana products at 30 Sherwood Drive in Taunton. She has an HCA for this business that was approved with amendments most recently in May 2021, but not yet a special permit or license from the city.
HTC Trinity — HTC Trinity was the third retail marijuana business given a provisional license by the City Council on Dec. 29, 2020. It is owned by social equity applicant and real estate broker Kyra Fernandez.
After LMCC decided to move its location to County Street, Fernandez was put onto the possibility of opening a marijuana shop at 354 Winthrop St., and was successful in getting approved to open there.
Fernandez is also pursuing cultivation, manufacturing and delivering. Her HCA for this was approved by the City Council in May of this year.
Mass Medicum — Mass Medicum has been approved for a city retail license at 30 Revolutionary Drive It was approved on March 30 of this year, along with one other business, and is only approved for retail sales.
Tree Market Taunton — Tree Market Taunton is the other retail-only business that was awarded its license on March 30. It will be located at 9 Cape Road.
Retail marijuana applicants with HCA
SAN Holdings — SAN Holdings is a retail business which first got its HCA in June 2019, but was approved with amendments back in May of this year. It was originally slated to be located at 98 County St., but has since moved to 0 Hart Street.
It is also applying for a cultivation license for which an HCA was approved in October 2020.
Herbal Logic — Herbal Logic is a retail-only business that will be located at 284 R Winthrop St. It was granted an HCA on June 22 of this year.
Rejected retail marijuana businesses
Bask Inc. — Bask Inc., a Fairhaven-based marijuana company, had originally applied to open at 400 Winthrop St., but after spats and legal battles with the City Council over their location, was unable to get their HCA renewed through the Council back in February.
The company still has a special permit which was ordered to be awarded by the land court in January, but given the Council’s unwillingness to renew it’s HCA, it seems unlikely that it will ever be awarded a license by the city without legal intervention.
Green World — Retailer Green World first got an HCA approved in April 2019 and had an amendment approved in March 2020. But since then, its HCA has expired and has not been renewed. It was proposed to be located at 344 Winthrop St.
Delivery marijuana businesses
Freshly Baked Company — Freshly Baked Company is Massachusetts’s first delivery marijuana service. It is located at 144 W. Britannia St. in the old Reed & Barton complex, and is owned by social equity applicant Phil Smith and his partner, Jenny Roseman.
The delivery service has been approved for delivery by the city and state and started delivering late last month. They are also applying for manufacturing and cultivation.