May 22, 2023 - Business

Boston’s first adult-use dispensary is expanding to downtown

A lime-green Pure Oasis sign hangs on a lush, green wall with artificial plants at the entrance. To the left is the door to enter.

The Pure Oasis entry downtown. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

Pure Oasis made waves when it opened Boston’s first adult-use cannabis dispensary in Dorchester. Now it’s coming to another location in the heart of downtown.

Driving the news: Pure Oasis plans to open its doors at 85 Devonshire St. on June 1, says co-owner Kobie Evans. The 7,000-square-foot space was once home to a bank.

Why it matters: The locally owned and Black-owned store’s first location opened in Grove Hall in March 2020.

  • The downtown opening represents an expansion into a part of Boston that historically has not hosted many Black businesses and entrepreneurs.

What they’re saying: “Coming from Boston, living as a native, it was a big deal to make that step,” Evans said. “Although it isn’t anything written in stone, it’s (because of) the idea of growing up in the city with demarcation lines that you’re breaking a barrier.”

What’s next: As part of an effort to work with community organizations, Pure Oasis plans to donate $50,000 this week to Haley House, a nonprofit soup kitchen, food pantry and affordable housing organization that also runs a program to help formerly incarcerated people rebuild their lives.

  • Cannabis businesses sometimes make donations as part of their agreements with host cities, but Evans says this is voluntary.

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