Owners of the recreational marijuana dispensary, Berkshire Roots, on Meridian Street are hosting a virtual community meeting on Thursday, September 30 at 6:00 pm via a Webex meeting forum. The meeting’s link can be found at https://bit.ly/3hmkrFL and the password is meridian. Residents can join the meeting by phone at 617-315-0704 using the access code 2346 317 1345.
At the meeting Berkshire Roots representatives will discuss partnering with a cannabis delivery service, expanding hours of operation as well as adding a medicinal marijuana option to the dispensary.
The recreational cannabis delivery service, Zip Run, recently partnered with Berkshire Roots on Meridian Street. Zip Run, the state’s first-ever recreational cannabis “delivery-only” retailer, already hosted one meeting on the proposal back in August 2020.
Zip Run was recently granted a Social Equity Membership from the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) and the company’s pre-certification application to legally deliver cannabis in Massachusetts has been approved.
“We have established a partnership with Berkshire Roots in East Boston,” said Elis Omoroghomwan, Zip Run’s Chief Growth Officer at the meeting back in 2020. “We have created an on-demand delivery service via mobile application and website for recreational cannabis products. Zip Run has secured investments to help up-start our business. The Chief Executive Officer, Gabriel Vieira, and I grew up in communities of Boston that have been disproportionately affected by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. With help from the CCC, Gabriel has become a member of the social equity program, which grants individuals like us an opportunity to gain ownership within the cannabis industry. One of our goals is to further the CCC efforts by employing and empowering people that are from disproportionate areas to prevent the continuation of an inequitable status quo.”
Berkshire Roots became Eastie’s first retail adult-use marijuana shop after receiving its final license from the CCC to open a shop at 253 Meridian St.
The 1,400 sq. ft. retail space on the first floor of a three story building is a sleek and stylish cannabis dispensary with façade improvement and subtle and understated signage.
Berkshire Roots received community support from the Eagle Hill Civic Association and was later granted a Conditional Use Permit by the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal.
The company is the largest grower of cannabis in Western Massachusetts and was the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.