Last April In Good Health, a dispensary, obtained a license to open a pot farm. The Brockton, Massachusetts dispensary is the first of four that have been licensed to grow under Massachusetts’ marijuana law that was approved in 2012. The pot farm is connected to the dispensary and will serve the needs of all the future patrons.
Massachusetts requires that dispensaries grow their own cannabis. Dispensaries usually cultivate in undisclosed farms elsewhere.
There are now 1,500 plants in various stages in the warehouse behind In Good Health. David Noble, CEO of In Good Health told WBUR “This one is White Knuckles… We kept all of the, if you want to call them ‘street names,’ because if you went over the country these are the main street names that are used.” The plants will be processed into an assortment of ingestion methods. Which will turn into an oil. The oil is then used for our edibles, our tinctures, our waxes, so the only thing that won’t be used is the root ball, the stem and the dead leaves.”
Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program is a little more strict than California. Patients must have a state-issued ID card. “Once we see your card, we’ll let you in the front door. Once you get into the front door, they’ll be a security guard at a podium, to direct the patients to our lockers, to please put your bags, coats, hats. You can’t come into the dispensary with anything except your two forms of ID, your cash or your debit card,” says Noble.
Noble has invested over $2 million in the facility and plans on hiring 25 employees. Noble explains that he’s got potentially over $2 million in inventory of cannabis. He doesn’t know exactly to expect since no sales report has yet been generated from the only operating dispensary in Salem.
Eleven more dispensaries are in the process of being approved and an additional 96 have applied. In Good Health is closing the gap that separates dispensaries from their cannabis supply.