The approval comes more than three years after voters approved the nation’s first marijuana law aimed at encouraging black, Latinos and other people harmed by the war on drugs to participate in the new industry.
Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman called the vote “an important milestone” and wished the company luck.
Kobie Evans, a co-owner of Pure Oasis, said the shop hopes to open its doors in about a month in the city’s diverse Dorchester neighborhood.
“It’s been a long, challenging journey, but it’s all been worth it,” he said after the vote. “We’re excited to be where we are right now, but we’d also like to see more opportunities for people like us so that its not such a challenging road for people that come after us.”
Black and Latino groups have voiced their frustration for months at the slow pace of approvals for minority-owned businesses, both in Massachusetts and nationwide.
Pure Oasis joins 118 marijuana companies that have earned a final state license following Thursday’s meeting, which included votes on dozens of other applicants. [Read More @ The Washington Post]