Governor’s announcement allows Cape’s only retail pot shop to operate via curbside pickup
PROVINCETOWN — The Cape’s lone adult-use recreational marijuana shop hopes to be back open next week after it was shut down for about two months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday that retail stores could open May 25 if they utilized the curbside pickup business model. That allowance extended to retail marijuana shops, including Curaleaf in Provincetown, the only retail marijuana shop on Cape Cod.
“It’s certainly welcome news,” said Joe Lusardi, the company’s CEO.
Retail marijuana stores have been closed since late March, when Baker shuttered all nonessential businesses. Medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed to stay open, but only customers with medical cards can buy from them.
Triple M in Mashpee is the Cape’s only dispensary, meaning Provincetown residents would have to drive more than an hour to legally purchase marijuana.
“That area of Cape Cod is underserved,” Lusardi said.
Lusardi said he looks forward to reopening the store on Commercial Street, and that he plans to use the curbside pickup model that Curaleaf’s off-Cape medical locations have been using as a guide.
“We can adopt protocols we’ve been using in other parts of the state,” he said.
One of the reasons Baker kept recreational marijuana companies closed was fear of out-of-state shoppers coming to Massachusetts to buy cannabis products.
Recreational marijuana companies pushed back on that, and Curaleaf in Provincetown offered to restrict sales to Massachusetts residents, carve out hours for customers 60 and older and require online preorders and curbside pickup.
The company will likely still require online preorders, but Curaleaf is going to take the next week to work out exactly how it will run the store. Lusardi said he planned to be in contact with both town officials and the Cannabis Control Commission.
It’s been a bumpy road for the Cape’s first recreational store. After opening in January, nearly the entire staff was out of work after Baker’s order in late March.
Lusardi hopes to be able to bring them all back, possibly staggering shifts to limit contact. But just to be able to do some business, even if only curbside pickup, was a welcome change.
“For today, that’s a good place to be,” he said.
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