WORCESTER – Good Chemistry, a company seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in a Harrison Street storefront, gave an overview of what its operation could look like if it gets a state license to operate in the city.
Residents and several elected officials filled up the 9 Harrison St. property. Some were curious about the proposed operation, and others were concerned about issues such as parking and security. Still others seemed opposed to the idea of medical marijuana, even though that question was resolved when voters approved a ballot measure in 2012 authorizing it.
The company, which operates two medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, gained provisional license approval in Worcester and Boston last year, but those efforts failed when state public health officials said misleading or false information had been included in the company’s license application.
This time around, Good Chemistry officials told residents Wednesday night they would be a good neighbor that would operate under strict guidelines. In fact, the company left the California market because it was a looser regulatory system, said Meg Collins, vice president of business development. Colorado’s tighter regulatory environment was healthy for the company, she said.
“We like being regulated,” Ms. Collins said.
Toby Nuber, chief financial officer for Good Chemistry, said that if the company gets a license to operate in the city, it would sell marijuana in both its traditional form and in extracts and edible products.
The security measures at the dispensary would be extensive and elaborate. Mr. Nuber described a “seed to sale” tracking system that gives each plant a bar code so the life of the plant can be traced. Mr. Nuber said the company is “far down the path” in securing a location to build a cultivation facility in the city, and said deliveries from the cultivation center to the dispensary would be in unmarked vans equipped with cameras and GPS units.
The dispensary itself would be equipped with dozens of cameras, and patients would have to provide proof of their prescription to gain entrance. Mr. Nuber said the company was still considering whether it would staff the dispensary with an armed guard.
Ms. Collins said the company plans on filing its application of intent with the state on June 29. That’s the first day this year the state will begin accepting applications from non-profit organizations wanting a certificate of registration to …Read More