Cannabis store owners are looking to spark change in Codman Square | Dorchester Reporter – Dorchester Reporter

The business district in Codman Square has plenty of life and foot traffic, but the space has long needed some upgrades. Now, two neighborhood natives about to open the district’s first cannabis dispensary on Washington Street opposite Kenwood Street believe their store can be the catalyst for renewed vitality.

Jeff Similien and Robert Nichols, co-owners of Lowkey Dispensary, have gone through several years of permitting to get to where they are right now – “building it out and in the construction phase,” said Nichols.

“Next week we’re bringing in the flooring, plumbers, and electrical contractors and we expect it to fly quickly. We’ve been targeting an opening date for the end of July if all of our final inspections go well.”

Similien said they started the process in 2017, and while they have other proposals now in Hyde Park and West Roxbury, Codman Square was their first effort and the one that helped them learn an ever-changing regulatory process.

They have received approvals from the City of Boston and have their provisional license from the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). While the two men are planning to retain ownership and not bring in any out-of-state operators, they have hired a

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