Posted: Sep. 5, 2020 12:40 am
QUINCY — The Gem City’s third recreational adult-use cannabis dispensary held its grand opening in Quincy on Friday after a soft opening weeks earlier.
“Today has all been in the works for a little over a year and a half. It’s been a long time coming,” said Chris Wildrick, chief operating officer for Herbal Remedies, a locally-owned cannabis business that also operates a medical-use dispensary and an adult-use dispensary in a strip mall at 4440 Broadway. The company’s new dispensary is located at 1837 Broadway.
The grand opening celebration, which continues through Monday and includes a number of artisans giving demonstrations, was an event that Wildrick was not sure would ever come.
“For the past year and a half, it has been just (CEO Bob Lansing) and I and the team we have here filling out paperwork after paperwork. We are pretty proud of that and pretty proud that we are putting a second business back into Quincy, creating jobs and educating our community about cannabis,” Wildrick said.
The 1837 Broadway location, which opened in the former location of Daylight Donuts, employs 20 people, but Wildrick said that number will likely grow to 30 in the coming weeks as the company continues to recruit new employees.
The new location will be markedly different than the other Herbal Remedies locations, which will continue to stay focused on those who use cannabis for medical purposes, Wildrick said.
“This particular facility will be adult-use only and geared more towards the recreational use. Our goal is to differentiate this location with products that are unique to this location,” Wildrick said.
For example, the eastern wall of the dispensary is lined with non-cannabis merchandise, including T-shirts, socks and other items.
With the new location open, Wildrick said she and Lansing are now turning their attention to combat the stigma that she says continues to exist involving cannabis use and cannabis users.
“Because of COVID-19 we have not been able to participate in the health fairs and other community events like we had hoped to, but we are ready to get back out there and do that,” Wildrick said. “Our work here is not done. We are going to be getting involved in the community. We are looking outward to see what we can do to help end the stigma.”
Beyond addressing the stigma, Wildrick said she is unsure of what is next for Herbal Remedies.
“The industry is ever-evolving, so I am not sure what is next. I am not going to stand here and say that it won’t (mean opening another dispensary), but I won’t say that I am gung-ho to open another one,” Wildrick said. “We have had to grow very quickly as a company, but our goal is not to be a huge company. We take pride in the fact that we are one of the very few independently owned dispensaries in the state.”