Boston neighbors oppose plan for marijuana dispensary to replace sex-toy shop – Boston Business Journal

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Good Chemistry Massachusetts is hoping to open a medical marijuana dispensary in this space on Stuart Street in Boston.

Thomas Grillo
Real Estate Editor- Boston Business Journal

Weeks after a licensed medical marijuana dispensary was chased out of a potential site in the Back Bay, the same company is facing similar opposition from neighbors in Boston’s Theater District.

Good Chemistry Massachusetts received two of the first 20 provisional licenses issued by the commonwealth in January to open medical marijuana dispensaries. The company’s first store is planned for Harrison Street in Worcester. However, its efforts to land a storefront in Boston have sparked controversy at every turn.

Earlier this year,  Good Chemistry signed an option to lease space at 364-368 Boylston St. at $60 per square foot, less than a block from the Public Garden. But the Back Bay Association, a trade group that represents 400 local companies, opposed the plan over objections to the nature of Good Chemistry’s business. Good Chemistry quickly withdrew the plan and has since focused on space in Boston’s Theater District.

To be sure, the company is negotiating a letter of intent to lease a 8,301-square-foot space at 57 Stuart St. that currently houses Amazing, an adult-novelty store. Amazing would move from that location, should Good Chemistry ultimately sign a lease. But Good Chemistry is facing similar neighborhood blow back in the Theater District.

George Coorssen, a member of the Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association, said officials from Good Chemistry made a presentation to his group last week. He made no bones about the fact that the company received a cold reception.

“They were told to go away,” Coorssen said. “There’s already lots of drug activity in the neighborhood and we don’t need it. Why do we need a store where someone may go in with a prescription and come out with marijuana and perhaps sells some of it in the neighborhood? While they say the store won’t have a marijuana sign, everyone in the world will know, just like everyone knew you could buy crack at the corner of Stuart and Tremont streets.”

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