WALTHAM, MA — Uma Flowers, a minority and women-owned cannabis company, has applied for a special permit to open a medical and adult use dispensary in Waltham, a major step forward for the business in its opening process.
Founded by Waltham residents and sisters-in-law Priyanka and Tejal Patel in 2019, Uma Flowers would be located inside a 7,300 square foot building at 196 Bear Hill Rd.
If the City Council grants Uma Flowers a special permit, the next step for the company will be to negotiate a Host Community Agreement with the mayor. Despite the lengthy process to open a dispensary in Waltham, the Patels said they feel supported by locals.
“Generally speaking, I feel welcomed by the [city],” said Priyanka. “They voted for cannabis in Waltham, so we feel like the residents want it.”
“We have had two community outreach meetings and had no opposition,” added Tejal. “We feel like we’ve got community support.”
Uma Flowers is one of several businesses attempting to open the first retail cannabis store in Waltham, including Middlesex Integrated Medicine, Thrive Cultivation & Dispensary, and David Schmidt of Waltham Cannabis, Inc. Although the city voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, it passed