BROCKTON — A new woman- and minority-owned marijuana business, Cannapi Dispensary, has opened in the city.
Family, friends and their guests attended a soft opening Friday at the 255 N. Pearl St. business to make purchases and see the space before Saturday’s official grand opening.
“I wanted to stay in Brockton and give back to the community and Brockton residents,” said owner Kinjal Patel, of Canton.
Patel, 36, is a Brockton High School graduate and a mother of two.
Business has been a part of most of her life. She worked in her father’s convenience store and after college Patel has owned and operated two liquor stores in the city.
When adult-use marijuana was legalized and regulations came out for businesses to open in 2018, Patel said she started looking into the process to open one.
When she first applied to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, the social equity program, which is meant to prioritize minority applicants and those impacted by marijuana prohibition in Massachusetts in the past, and economic empowerment status weren’t around yet.
As a result, Patel said it took more than two years for her application to be processed and approved. She also had to get local approvals, including a host community agreement and a license.
Cannapi General Manager