Canna Provisions Inc. consists of shareholders Eugene McCain of West Newton, Massachusetts and Arthur P. Becker of New York City.
As for why Holyoke, McCain said Wednesday in a phone interview: “The simple answer is that Mayor Alex Morse has been such a strong advocate of seeing the unfolding of the cannabis industry. We knew that we’d have a positive reception there.”
Other lures were Holyoke’s proximity to Interstate 91 and the Massachusetts Turnpike and the “renaissance” occurring with arts facilities like Gateway City Arts on Race Street, he said.
McCain was raised in New York, attended Eaglebrook School, a private boarding school in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and worked in real estate and developing properties in Thailand and Hawaii, he said.
“He sold high-end properties on the Big Island (in Hawaii) until Thailand beckoned, then he moved there to develop luxury resorts,” according to an Oct. 17, 2016 Boston Globe story about McCain.