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Comm Ave Canna, Brookline’s fourth marijuana dispensary, set to open in October

An illustration of Comm Ave Canna's storefront on Commonwealth Avenue. Photo courtesy Comm Ave Canna
September 13, 2023

Brookline’s fourth marijuana dispensary is preparing to open in mid-October, after a years-long permitting process with the town and state governments.

The town’s Select Board signed off on the opening plan for Comm Ave Canna on Tuesday, moving the dispensary at 1030 Commonwealth Ave. one step closer to starting operations.

Adam Barnosky, an attorney for the company, said that customers will have to order ahead and make appointments to pick up marijuana products at the store.

Brookline police will have a detail on site for the dispensary’s first week, but its opening isn’t expected to be a rowdy affair, Barnosky said.

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“Due to the saturation of cannabis facilities throughout Boston and Greater Boston, I don’t anticipate that this opening will have the fanfare that the town might have seen in some of the earlier openings,” he said.

The store, which received its license in 2021, is owned and operated by the Hauck family, who previously owned a tanning salon in the same storefront and also used to operate a North End restaurant called the Living Room.

No members of the public commented on the opening plan, leading Select Board members to note a big difference between the process for Comm Ave Canna and some of its predecessors, which have opened in Brookline in recent years.

Past dispensaries to open in Brookline have faced heavy opposition, both before and after starting operation.

“Boy, have things changed,” said board member Paul Warren.

“No pitchforks in the room tonight,” said member John VanScoyoc.

The other dispensaries operating in Brookline are NETA in Brookline Village, Sanctuary Medicinals in Coolidge Corner and Mission Brookline near Boston University.