HULL – The town is set to get its first medical marijuana store in a former coffee shop with approval of the state Cannabis Control Commission.
Stephen Werther, president of Alternative Compassion Services, said the process to open a store in Hull was drawn out by the pandemic. He needed to transform the former Java Jungle coffee shop at 175 George Washington Blvd. into a medical dispensary, but construction was slowed down during the pandemic.
While Werther has the OK from the state to open, officials need to still do one final inspection.
“We’re at the finish line and we hope, within a couple of weeks, the state will come through here, then give us the OK to bring product in and open,” he said.
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Werther and his company operate a store, grow house and laboratory in Bridgewater. Medical marijuana stores are required to be vertically integrated, meaning Werther can only sell products that he grows and makes himself.
“We cultivate more than we can sell alone in Bridgewater, so we supply our own needs,” he said.
Recreational marijuana stores were banned in town following a Hull town meeting vote in 2018.
Inside the Hull store, there are eight cash registers and an estimated capacity of six to eight customers at a time, as well as an entryway where people can wait.
“It’s not giant, but it’s not tiny,” he said.
Parking is limited, but for the amount of people he expects through the door, it is ample.
“On average in Bridgewater, we get 150 people a day and I would expect, eventually, Hull would be similar,” Werther said.
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Werther said he gets regular calls asking if the store is open yet.
“People know we’re here, but it takes a little bit of time for business to ramp up,” he said.
Werther has little competition in the area. The nearest stores to Hull are the medical store Curaleaf in Hanover, two recreational stores in Rockland and a large medical store in Quincy called Ermont.
Werther said he expects to get customers from Hingham, Weymouth, Cohasset, Scituate and Norwell, and said the summer crowds heading to Hull could further bolster sales.
Werther said he plans to hold an open house in February before officially opening.
“I’m very happy,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier. It’s a difficult and time consuming and lengthy process. That’s just what it is.”
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