Pure Oasis, the first recreational dispensary to open in a major city on the East Coast, opened its doors for the first time in Boston on March 9, 2020, only to close them two weeks later. The shop was shuttered for two months after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order barring all non-essential businesses from operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baker’s order was issued on March 22, 2020 and followed by another order that same day from the Cannabis Control Commision—which oversees the licensing and sales of medical and recreational cannabis in Massachusetts. The order called on all dispensaries in the state to cease cannabis sales for at least two weeks, with the exception of medical cannabis, which was deemed as essential. Massachusetts was the only state in the country that forced dispensaries to halt adult-use cannabis sales.
The co-owner of Pure Oasis, Kobie Evans, says those orders and the ensuing whirlwind of the pandemic left him and his business reeling. “We had no idea that it would land right at our doorstep, we just thought it was a world away and the next thing you know we’re shutting down for two months,” he says.
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