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Updated: May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Dr. Karen Munkacy, MD

Dr. Karen Munkacy, MD, founder of Garden Remedies, Inc.
Dr. Karen Munkacy, MD
  • Title: President & CEO
  • Company: Garden Remedies, Inc.
  • Located: Fitchburg
  • Residence: Newton
  • Colleges: University of Michigan & University of Michigan Medical School

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Munkacy doesn’t need to cite research or talk to others to tout the medical benefits of cannabis. She’s gone through a medical crisis without it, and doesn’t want others to have to do the same.

Munkacy is a breast cancer survivor who fought nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy without being able to turn to cannabis, which can relieve those symptoms. A physician, anesthesiologist and a pain management specialist, Munkacy started Garden Remedies in 2013 when medical-use stores were first allowed and today the company has medical and adult-use retail stores in Marlborough, Melrose and Newton, employing more than 100 people in Central Mass. The company says it's the only cannabis producer in Mass. both female- and physician-led, giving Munkacy and Garden Remedies a unique selling point in an industry criticized for a lack of diversity. Garden Remedies is playing a leading role, too, with a mentorship program for other entrepreneurs.

What makes Central Mass. unique? What separates our facility from most is the spirit of the people at Fitchburg. They take incredible pride in producing premium products.

Munkacy Farms: When my daughter was young, she enjoyed pets and animals so much we had chickens, a rabbit, a cat, three dogs and a guinea pig.

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