Cabral, who is also a member of the state’s Cannabis Advisory Board. “I’m pleased about being able to achieve the first one for downtown Boston because I live here, and I’ve been here for years. Making history in Boston is always a good thing.”
Ascend was initially expected to receive its provisional license at a meeting on Dec. 19 that abruptly ended after a local entrepreneur interrupted the proceedings to voice concerns about the state’s licensing process.
The business owner, Leah Cooke Daniels, had accused the commission of ignoring her status as an economic empowerment applicant, a designation given to applicants who have been disproportionately harmed by the prohibition of marijuana or who vow to help those communities. Cooke Daniels again attended Thursday’s meeting with a handful of other people, raising similar concerns.
The commission approved Cabral’s provisional license in a single vote with 30 other licenses before Cooke Daniels and others began protesting, many yelling and holding signs. She and her wife, Jacinth Cooke Daniels, said they intended to disrupt the meeting before the commissioners voted on the licenses, but the voting happened too fast.