The Boston Cannabis Board this week approved the transformation of Mary Ann’s, once Cleveland Circle’s premier sticky-floor bar, into a recreational marijuana shop.
The proposed HVV Massachusetts shop, which would be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., still needs approval of the city Zoning Board of Appeals and the state Cannabis Control Commission. The board rejected arguments from nearby Boston College that the shop would prove a detriment to the neighborhood.
Over on North Beacon Street, however, the Zoning Board of Appeal rejected a proposed marijuana shop at 204 North Beacon St., where a Papa Gino’s used to be, next to the Dunkin’ Donuts at the corner of North Beacon and Market streets.
Board members agreed with the Brighton-Allston Improvement Association and nearby residents that the intersection was already too dangerous and congested to support additional traffic from a marijuana shop – which would have shared parking spaces with the Dunkin’ Donuts.
Mary Ann’s, however, is located next to another Dunkin’ Donuts.