The business that Lori Sinclair would run with daughter Megan Sinclair, B’leaf Wellness Centre LLC, would be less than 1,000 square feet and have five to eight employees, medical marijuana consultant Ezra Parzybok said.
Women-owned marijuana businesses, let alone a mother-daughter venture, are rare, he said.
“B’leaf is the first team that I’ve worked with that is women-owned and where everyone that owns it resides in the town. This is their first enterprise. This isn’t some out-of-town outfit,” Parzybok said at a recent meeting at Town Hall.
Parzybok said in a text message Tuesday the regulated availability of marijuana can benefit towns with jobs and tax revenue, which is among information the community meeting will provide.
“The roll out of legalization will ultimately be quiet and undramatic. The more towns open up, the more teams like Lori and Megan will be able to thrive as entrepreneurs. We hope to show this at the community outreach meeting,” he said.
Lori Sinclair said that she works at M&L Equipment Repair here and that Megan Sinclair is a self-employed bookkeeper. Neither has a marijuana or plant-growing background but became interested in the possibilities as marijuana became legal, Lori Sinclair said.
In a brief interview before a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, Megan Sinclair said of running a business with her mother, “I’m happy about it. I’m proud of it.”
Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2016 and legalized pot for medicinal purposes in 2012.
The Board of Selectmen Oct. 16 voted 4-1 at Town Hall to approve a host community agreement between B’leaf Wellness Centre and the town.
The host community agreement calls for the dispensary to pay the town of Ware quarterly over five years 3 percent of gross sales of marijuana and marijuana products.