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2019 Power 50: Sam Barber

Sam Barber CEO Cultivate, Leicester Residence: Boston College: Babson College
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Barber, just 25 years old, quickly found himself in the national spotlight last fall. His company, Cultivate, opened one of the first two recreational marijuana shops east of the Mississippi River, ushering in a new industry for Massachusetts, a state slow to roll out the adolescent industry. Barber's company was also the first to open a medical dispensary in Worcester County in 2017.

When traffic and cannabis enthusiasts descended upon Leicester after the recreational side opened, Barber weathered the NIMBY storm and quelled those concerns after a few rough days. Leicester is his only location actually in operation now, but the company plans to expand its cultivation operations to Uxbridge and open additional stores in Worcester and Framingham. Barber regularly holds clothing, food and school supply drives and volunteers with the Special Olympics.

Where is Central Mass. headed? Central Massachusetts will be the fastest growing region in the state. We are adding jobs every day, and other businesses are clearly seeing the talent within our region.

Snow-covered roots: When I do have a day or two off, you can find me on the slopes. I grew up in Maine and skiing with my family has always been a part of my life. It connects me to nature and to my roots.

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