WORCESTER – A Boston-based company wants to open an adult-use marijuana retail shop in a long-vacant storefront at 76 Millbury St.
Major Bloom LLC has filed a petition with the Planning Board seeking a special permit to operate what would be the 13th adult-use marijuana store in the city.
The proposed hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
The board is scheduled to take up Major Bloom’s special permit request Wednesday night.
The city has capped the number of such businesses at 15. There is no cap, however, for marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing or microbusinesses.
The Planning Board has granted special permits for three adult-use marijuana product manufacturing operations, four other special permits for cultivation operations and one for a microbusiness.
In its application, Major Bloom proposes “bringing life to a once lifeless building.” The building at 76 Millbury St. was vacant for more than 15 years.
The building is roughly 4,900 square feet and occupies the entire lot. There is no off-street parking on the lot.
Major Bloom has proposed renovating the interior and making minor exterior improvements, including the installation of new signs, security lighting and security cameras.
The company is the second applicant in Worcester seeking a special permit to receive an Economic Empowerment Program certificate from the state Cannabis Control Commission.
The commission awarded the founders of Major Bloom an EEP certificate in recognition of their ability to demonstrate experience in, and business practices that promote, economic empowerment in communities disproportionately impacted by high rates of arrest and incarceration for drug offenses under state and federal laws.
The Cannabis Control Commission gives priority status to economic empowerment applicants. The purpose of the Economic Empowerment Program is to ensure that people from communities that have been disproportionately harmed by marijuana law enforcement are included in the legal marijuana industry.
As a condition of Major Bloom’s EEP certification, the company must hire at least 85% of its employees and subcontractors from “areas of disproportionate impact.”
Worcester is one of 29 cities in the state that have areas that are designated by the state as areas of disproportionate impact. Fourteen census tracts in Worcester have that designation.
As an EEP applicant in Worcester, Major Bloom has indicated it will first seek to meet the 85% quota by hiring from areas of disproportionate impact within Worcester, before trying to fill positions from such areas outside of the city.
While there is no off-street parking on the property, the applicant said sufficient parking will be provided with on-street parking meters and a 57-space municipal parking lot across the street.