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The Enterprise covers the opening of Legal Greens recreational cannabis dispensary in Brockton. Legal Greens is the first participant in the Theory Wellness Social Equity program.

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THE ENTERPRISE: First Black woman-owned recreational marijuana dispensary on East Coast opens in Brockton

MAR 29, 2021

“BROCKTON — Legal Greens has officially planted its roots in a busy area of downtown Brockton as the East Coast’s first Black woman-owned recreational marijuana dispensary.

“As first-generation Haitian Americans, we are fulfilling our parents’ dreams of creating a better life for future generations to come,” said Vanessa Jean-Baptiste, of Brockton, co-owner of Legal Greens with Mark Bouquet, of Boston.

Sunday marked the grand opening of the dispensary at 75 Pleasant St., which according to a statement from Legal Greens is the first Black woman-owned dispensary on the East Coast and the first Haitian American-owned dispensary in the country.

When you walk into the bustling dispensary, you are greeted with warm smiles by the receptionist, potted plants and earthy decor.

Customers sit patiently on a wooden bench to enter the sales floor, where various cannabis products, from THC-infused drinks and baked treats to pre-rolled joints are waiting for purchase.

Jean-Baptiste, who has lived in Brockton her entire life, always wanted to locate the dispensary downtown, she said. She didn’t want it to be on the outskirts of the city.

“I want to bring life into downtown. I want to be the first person in downtown to create some change,” Jean-Baptiste said.

Legal Greens, which so far employs 10 Brockton residents and will pay a 3 percent local sales tax to the city, is the second dispensary to open in Brockton and is hoping to obtain its cultivation and manufacturing licenses in the future.

In 2018, Legal Greens was granted status as an “economic empowerment” applicant by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission. The economic empowerment program was created to prioritize marijuana licenses for people who live in communities heavily affected by past enforcement of marijuana laws, like Brockton.

Legal Greens applied for a loan from Theory Wellness, a marijuana company with recreational and medical dispensaries in Massachusetts and Maine, that gives the applicant $100,000 in cash and $150,000 dollars of product to start their own recreational marijuana business. Legal Greens was hand-selected for an interview and picked for the loan.

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About Theory Wellness:

Theory Wellness is an East Coast medical and recreational cannabis brand; we cultivate cannabis, operate extraction labs, manufacture infused marijuana products, and proudly serve patients and customers at our marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts and Maine.

Our focus is on small batch, craft cannabis that we cultivate using sustainable techniques on our outdoor cannabis farm and at our state-of-the-art indoor gardens. We run unique genetics to develop in-house premium products that include flower, concentrates, edibles, and an array of infusions for medical and recreational consumers in New England.

Throughout our work, we remain committed to expanding the science of cannabis, and creating the future we want to see in the emerging marijuana industry through social justice, sustainability, and research.

If you’re thinking to yourself, where is the nearest recreational dispensary near me or medical marijuana dispensary near me, look no further. Theory Wellness operates medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries in Maine and Massachusetts that offer various cannabis products to meet your needs. If you are looking for our Maine recreational marijuana dispensary locations, click here. If you are looking for Massachusetts marijuana dispensary locations, click here.

To learn more about our operations, follow-us on Instagram @TheoryWellness.