Downtown Boston resident Faith Arter condemned Patriot Care for breaking its promise.
“The rest of this is a total slap in the face to this neighborhood,” Arter said afterward.
Arter said she worried selling recreational marijuana could bring large, disruptive crowds to Downtown Boston.
“You have no way of controlling your crowds coming in there because all they have to show is they’re 21,” Arter said.
Businesses applying for a recreational marijuana licenses must hold an informational meeting for the community at least six months before filing their application, according to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.
The Cannabis Control Commission does not yet know how many public outreach hearings have been held, a spokesperson wrote in an email. The commission will only start tracking data once applicants have registered with the licensing system.
Existing medical marijuana businesses like Patriot Care applying for recreational licenses will get priority, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Priority applications open on April 16.
Patriot Care also plans to apply for recreational licenses at its two other locations: their main dispensary in Lowell and their upcoming dispensary in Greenfield.
Mayerson and Kunian stressed the store will run like it always has. There will be extra security and separate lines for recreational and medical marijuana users.