CHICOPEE – Owners Jim and Lisa Robinson celebrated the grand opening of their recreational cannabis dispensary JimBuddy’s Rec Shop during an Nov. 2 ribbon cutting ceremony at its 1269 Memorial Dr. location. With its debut, JimBuddy’s Rec Shop becomes the third dispensary to open in Chicopee.
The opening of JimBuddy’s Rec Shop marks a chapter of expansion for the Robinsons. The business owners opened JimBuddy’s Glass Gallery & Vape Shop next door at 1271 Memorial Dr. in 2015. In 2018, when cannabis was legalized by Massachusetts voters, the Robinsons rented the neighboring 1269 Memorial Dr. property with the aspiration of opening a dispensary.
JimBuddy’s Rec Shop received a special permit from Chicopee in April 2021 before making its official debut on Oct. 1. Before entering the cannabis field, Jim Robinson worked in architecture design for 18 years before getting suddenly laid off from his position.
“They just wiped it all out and I didn’t know what to do, and it was 2013, medical [cannabis] came out,” said Jim Robinson in an interview with Reminder Publishing.
Soon after, Jim Robinson became a medical cannabis caregiver, treating patients with his traveling backpack of cannabis products.
“I had a