PLYMOUTH – A Plymouth medical marijuana dispensary has received state approval to manufacture, cultivate and sell the drug for adult recreational use, making it the first recreational marijuana store licensed in Plymouth.
Triple M was also the first medical marijuana cultivator, manufacturer and dispensary in town. The new recreational marijuana store opens Feb. 3 at 9 Collins Ave. in the Plymouth Industrial Park.
The delayed opening is meant to ensure there is enough product and plenty of sales staff to guarantee a positive experience for the customer, Triple M Operating Officer Kevin O’Reilly said.
“We’re very happy that we’ll now be able to provide our locally grown, high-quality cannabis products to all customers over the age of 21 in addition to our existing medical patients,” O’Reilly said.
The town will be collecting a 3 percent sales tax on the store’s products in addition to a 3 percent-off-the-profits fee, per the town’s host agreement with Triple M. It’s not yet clear how much money the town can expect to bring in.
“It’s hard to say right now,” O’Reilly said. “I’ll have a much better read on it after our first month or two of operations. It’s hard to gauge how many retail customers we will have. We assume it’s going to be a lot given that we’re the first in Plymouth and we’re also the first along the Route 3 corridor on the South Shore.”
O’Reilly said Triple M’s location in the Industrial Park is easily accessible from the highway and has plenty of parking, with 100 spaces.
Vape products will be available in addition to the smoking and edible varieties. O’Reilly stressed that the Food and Drug Administration has identified Vitamin E acetate as the diluent largely responsible for a string of vaping-related illnesses and deaths. He said Triple M has never and will never use the diluent.
“The Cannabis Control Commission allowed us to start selling vape cartridges again, that were manufactured after Dec. 12 and tested by independent labs in the state,” he said. “The problem with vaping was with the black market. We only use glass vape cartridges that contain 95 percent cannabis oil and 5 percent botanically derived terpenes.”
He noted that all Triple M products must submit to a rigorous state inspection through independent labs so customers and patients know exactly what they’re purchasing.
“For example, if you bought a gram of cannabis flower from us, you would know exactly what the levels of THC and CBD are in the product, as well as when it was grown and when it was tested,” O’Reilly said, referring to cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, two compounds in marijuana. “If you buy something on the street, you have no idea what you’re buying or what is in it or where it was grown.”
All Triple M marijuana plants are cloned from mother plants organically grown in the facility.
Triple M began the two-pronged local and state approval process for medical marijuana in 2013 and opened its doors in 2018. The company applied for a recreational marijuana license that same year.
The opening of the town’s first adult-use marijuana store will draw those interested in its medical and health benefits as well as its recreational aspects, O’Reilly said. He noted that some people are put off by the cost of the state’s medical marijuana card program and will benefit from simply stopping by the recreational facility, where dispensary agents can talk about the health benefits of various types of the product as well as its recreational properties.
O’Reilly noted that marijuana-infused recreational products, such as edibles, are limited to 5 milligrams of THC.
The new adult-use recreational marijuana store will be open as of Monday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.