Taunton medical marijuana dispensary aims to get its recreational license
By: Amanda Pitts
TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) -- In just a few months, marijuana users may be able to buy their pot in Taunton.
Commonwealth Alternative Care on Mozzone Boulevard is in the process of adding recreational marijuana to their current medical marijuana menu.
CAC is just one of three stores in Massachusetts under the multi-national cannabis company, TILT. The other locations will be in Brockton and Cambridge.
"If you look at the numbers coming out of places like Colorado and California, the transition from medical to recreational, you tend to see a 10-15 percent increase in demand when you make it accessible to anybody 21 and older," said TILT CEO Alex Coleman.
If all goes well, Coleman said CAC will have their license to sell recreational marijuana by January. To meet the high demand, they're expecting to fill 225 jobs at the Taunton facility.
"For any municipality that's accepting of cannabis companies, it means jobs, it means tax revenue."
Marijuana isn't only sold at CAC to medical marijuana users, it's also grown there. The facility, that started selling in July, has nearly 20,000 plants in its cultivation processing manufacturing center.
Aside from Taunton, a few other Bristol County areas have applied for recreational marijuana licenses. So far Fall River, Attleboro, and Somerset are on the list, according to the Massachusetts Cannabis Commision.
"We're seeing that cannabis in states that recreational is accessible, we're seeing declining rates of both opioid addiction and alcohol consumption. And I think that's a very healthy thing for the country at large," said Coleman.
The Cannabis Commision has to approve the applications. They have 90 days to either deny them or issue a provisional license.
Two locations in Leicester and Northampton earned over $2 million in sales in their first five days of business.
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