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This just in from Mayor Fuller…

Garden Remedies at 697 Washington Street in Newtonville currently is an appointment only medical marijuana dispensary. It is scheduled to have its final inspection by state regulatory officials this Thursday, May 9.

The exact opening date next week will be determined after the results of the inspection are finalized by the state Cannabis Control Commission, most likely late Friday afternoon.

Garden Remedies will become the 16th adult-use retail establishment to open in Massachusetts but only the second one in Greater Boston. In March, a store opened on Rt. 9/Boylston Street in Brookline Village.

I continue to be in close touch with Garden Remedies working with Newton Police, Law, Transportation, Health & Human Services and Planning Departments to have an orderly and safe opening.

Consistent with the special permit approved by the City Council, retail customers at least 21 years old with valid, government-issued identification will be allowed entrance by appointment only. Each person is allotted a 15-minute appointment for at least the first week so we can assess lines, traffic, parking and other issues. Ten-minute appointments might be scheduled after the first week.

There is no customer parking at Garden Remedies now. An onsite parking lot will open this summer. Metered parking is available on Washington Street.

Garden Remedies is hiring its own security. In addition, they are hiring Newton Police details for at least the first 90 days to help with traffic, parking and any other issues. The Newton Police Department will also be doing directed patrols in the area.

Garden Remedies’ hours are Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They will be closed on Sundays.

Cypress Tree Granted Special Permit for Retail Sales

The City Council voted (18-2) on Monday night to grant a special permit for a second adult retail marijuana store. Cypress Tree Management is located at 24-26 Elliot Street, just off Rt. 9/Boylston Street at the edge of Newton Highlands and Newton Upper Falls. The City Council had already granted Cypress Tree approval for a registered medical marijuana dispensary at this location. But, the medical marijuana dispensary has not yet opened.