Boston’s first recreational marijuana dispensary will open Monday

"We are excited to reach this important moment."

BOSTON, MA - 3/03/2020: Pure Oasis located at 430 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston..... L-R co-owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart overcame lots of challenges to become the first economic empowerment applicants to open a pot store in the state, and the first cannabis shop in Boston. Final works are in progress to finish the store's preparations to open in the next week or two.  (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: Marijuana TOPIC:699
Pure Oasis co-owners Kobie Evans, left, and Kevin Hart inside their shop on Blue Hill Avenue in Boston. –David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

Nearly 40 months since Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana, Boston is getting its first recreational pot shop.

Pure Oasis, an adult-use marijuana dispensary located in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Dorchester, announced that it plans to open Monday at 11 a.m., after the state’s Cannabis Control Commission issued the store a commence operations notice Thursday morning. The dispensary is also the first application to come through the CCC’s economic empowerment program, which offered a faster review process to entrepreneurs from communities hit hardest by the war on drugs.

“We are excited to reach this important moment where we will open our doors as the first retail cannabis business in Boston and as the first economic empowerment candidate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart, the co-owners of Pure Oasis, said in a joint statement Thursday morning, thanking the CCC, city officials, and their community for their support.

Shipment boxes arrive Tuesday at Pure Oasis. —David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
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Located at 430 Blue Hill Ave., the dispensary received its final license from the CCC last month and is slated to become the state’s 40th store to sell recreational marijuana. A spokesman for Pure Oasis says the company will hold a press conference Friday to provide more details on their opening plans.

However, Pure Oasis leaders are gearing up for a busy opening. The Boston Globe reported last week that the dispensary is expecting up to 1,000 customers a day and has rented space next door to accommodate up to 100 people waiting in line indoors. And while the dispensary highly recommends using public transportation due to limited street parking, they also say a municipal lot will be available roughly a block away off Georgia Street.

According to their website, Pure Oasis’s menu will offer marijuana flower, oil, and infused edibles, including a variety of chocolates. They also say they will accept cash, debit, or credit cards — and plan to offer online pre-orders.

The opening comes almost a year after the Greater Boston area’s first pot shop, NETA in Brookline, opened — and quickly became one of the busiest dispensaries in the country.

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