Elaine Thompson Telegram & Gazette Staff @EThompsonTG
LEICESTER – Cultivate Holdings Inc. on Main Street is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Worcester County.
The heavily-secured facility, located in a 23,000-square-foot former tool and die shop at 1764 Main St., has marijuana cultivation, processing and dispensary under one roof. The business is along the western portion of Route 9, one of the commercial zoning districts where medical marijuana facilities are allowed.
“We grow it here. We’re extracting it here and packaging and selling it right out the front door. It’s like farm to table, but in the cannabis world,” 24-year-old Sam Barber, company president, said Tuesday.
The business opened Friday, and is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Mr. Barber said about 40 clients from throughout the state visit the business each day.
“People in Worcester County are driving an hour to Northampton or to Newton, the nearest locations. And when they get there, they end up waiting an hour in line to be served,” he said. “We’re seeing people from