JP’s cannabis dispensary and social justice cannabis museum celebrates one year in the community

Last year on March 13 Jamaica Plain’s first adult-use cannabis dispensary and the nation’s first Social Justice Cannabis Museum opened in Hyde Park Square in Jamaica Plain. 

Core Cannabis’s SEED Dispensary and attached Social Justice Cannabis Museum opened at 401 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain with a ribbon cutting that included the dispensary and museums founders, staff and Reggae Icon Peter Tosh’s wife, Melody McIntosh. 

The unique dispensary has gained national recognition for being the first dispensary in the US with a social justice museum attached to the project. Since McIntosh, member of the dispensary’s Social Justice Cannabis Museum’s Curating Council and her and Tosh’s daughter, Boston native Niambe McIntosh, cut the ribbon on Core museum, it has become a very unique aspect of this cannabis shop. 

To celebrate, Core hosted a birthday bash last week that included food, music, museum tours guided by Core CEO, April Arrasate and special guests. 

“Before all of the fun began, we hosted a private brunch elsewhere for our investors, vendors, staff, and all who made our first year possible,” said Emily Crowne, Core’s Events and Outreach Director. “Mimosas poured all morning and we served tasty breakfast food, catered by The Boston Catering Co. We also had the treat of the music stylings of The Ray Liriano Experience as we celebrated.”

Crowe said some of Core’s incredible vendors came out to the event. 

“These included Bailey’s Buds which we introduced on our Birthday weekend,” said Crowe. “We had support from Fernway, Levia, Northeast Alternatives, Gold Green Group, PAX, Good Chemistry, and Revolutionary Clinics. Needless to say, we shared a lot of fun with our customers throughout the day! Follow us on Instagram and our website for more exciting events to come. Overall, an incredible day and milestone for SEED.”

At Core, eighty-two percent is owned by locals, 72 percent women owned and the owners of the company have spent collectively over 10 years incarcerated by the war on drugs.

Aside from the museum, Core has over 6,000 square feet of space that houses all the adult-use cannabis products that are for sale to consumers.

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