August 24, 2018

Fitchburg leads Worcester County in recreational marijuana applications

Photo | Zachary Comeau
Good Chemistry CEO Matthew Huron stands in front of a point-of-sale counter at the company's Worcester dispensary which opened for medical sales earlier this month.

Worcester County has been the most active Massachusetts county for the recreational marijuana industry with 34 total applications submitted to the state Cannabis Control Commission.

Fitchburg appears to be the most active Worcester County municipality before the CCC with seven total applications submitted. Atlantic Medical Partners in the city has submitted applications for a retail, cultivation and manufacturing license and Massachusetts Patient Foundation Inc. and Revolutionary Clinics II have both submitted applications for cultivation and manufacturing.

Worcester city has four applications pending before the CCC, and Good Chemistry is the first marijuana company in the city to apply for a recreational retail license. The CCC on Thursday released a list of all adult-use cannabis applications by municipality, and of the four out of Worcester, Good Chemistry is the only retail license application.

The Colorado-based company opened on Harrison Street for medical marijuana patients earlier this month and told WBJ it plans to seek an adult-use license, but likely wouldn't be open for non-medical sales until the end of the year. The company also applied for recreational cultivation and product manufacturing licenses for its Bellingham facility, where the plant is grown and infused into edibles.

Worcester has indicated various companies are interested in opening at least 20 marijuana facilities in the city, but only 15 will be allowed.

So far, the only provisional retail license awarded from the CCC to a Central Massachusetts company went to Leicester's Cultivate, which has been open for medical sales since November 2017.

Cultivate has received provisional licenses for cultivation and manufacturing at its facility, while Milford-based Sira Natiruals has been awarded licenses for cultivation, manufacturing and transporting. Sira Naturals is also awaiting word on its application for a marijuana research license.

Others in Worcester County have yet to come before the CCC and applications are still being reviewed.

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