This week, the first cannabis dispensary in Boston’s Back Bay will open its doors.
It is a big step for the neighborhood filled with historic brownstones and high-end shopping. NBC10 Boston was the only television station given a tour of AYR Wellness before it opens to the public.
The new pot shop is steps away from the Apple store and right across from the Prudential Center. It is 4,500 square feet and will bring recreational cannabis to Boylston Street.
Since Massachusetts legalized recreational sales more than five years ago, plenty of shops have popped up in the suburbs, but only three dispensaries are open within Boston’s city limits. AYR will be the first one to open in Back Bay.
“Cannabis has gotten a lot more normalized. I think the harsh stigmas have gone away a little bit,” AYR General Manager Julia Crawford said.
Getting to the opening was far from easy. There were years of controversy and plenty of pushback from neighbors. After some concerns about lines outside the store, AYR came up with an online waitlist using a QR code.
“It’s exactly like a restaurant. Once you check in, it will tell you how long until you can come