Boston, Massachusetts is known for the Boston Tea Party, quality colleges, sports championships, and most recently: cannabis businesses. Since the first Freedom Rally in 1989, the city has held a steady pace of advocacy and policy initiatives for everyone’s favorite plant. In 2006 voters decided to decriminalize small possession and eventually Massachusetts the legalized sale and purchase all together in 2016. Today, dispensaries are popping up on, seemingly, every corner throughout Boston proper and Greater Boston. We’ve put together The Genie’s Best Boston Dispensaries so you can begin enjoying all that this budding industry has to offer.
A note from The Genie: All dispensaries operate differently, we urge you to please call ahead for daily product availability and customer eligibility before planning a trip — tell them the Genie sent you!
Allston has always been a strong hold of counterculture for Boston. This tradition is continued through the operation of Mayflower Medicinals’ Allston dispensary. They stay true to the area’s culture by featuring convenient bike racks, intelligent technology integration and friendly service. You can browse the menu on interactive flat screens or walk up to their inventive wave shaped counter for personal suggestions. Unlike some other Massachusetts dispensaries, the bud tenders at Mayflower are happy to let you observe samples up close and even take a good whiff.
Mayflower Medicinals’ Allston dispensary inventory of flower includes all of the Bay State’s favorite buds like Kimbo Kush, Night Terror OG and White Knuckles, which all gained popularity in the early days of Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program. Flower is fairly priced, and you can save a few dollars when purchasing larger quantities.
If you’re looking for something different, check out their infused sugar in both cane and maple varieties. A teaspoon of these products can pack as much as 20 mgs of THC to be discreetly enjoyed in a hot coffee, cold sweet tea or any other application you can think of. Those with especially high tolerances might want to try their whole plant extract. One oral syringe of this concentrate contains 550 mgs of THC for oral consumption.
Phone: (508) 356-6600
Address: 230 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
NETA’s Brookline dispensary could be the most visually stunning dispensary in Massachusetts and the North East. They’ve renovated the historic Brookline Bank building while tastefully maintaining much of the existing architecture and furnishings including elegant long windows, finished wood shelving and a heavy duty safe in which they store product. With comfortable waiting areas, you might take more time absorbing the atmosphere than dissecting their menu.
Highlights of their inventory include a THC inhaler (think L-shaped device used during gym class) that allows for especially discreet consumption. They feature their own line of RemPen vape carts in over a dozen varieties as well as a concise selection of Rubi distillate pods for use with the Rubi vaporizer. Their chocolates are some of the strongest you’ll find in the state with bars and smaller nuggets that feature upwards of 100mgs THC per unit.
Phone: (617) 841-7250
Finally, Boston residents have a place to purchase cannabis in town. Pure Oasis of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary is the first and only adult-use (recreational) retail cannabis store in the city. Because they are owned and operated by locals, shopping at Pure Oasis allows you to support the community. Anyone over the age of 21 with valid ID can visit Pure Oasis of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary’s 430 Blue Hill Ave location on the Roxbury line.
One of the best things about Patriot Care’s Boston dispensary is its Milk St. location in the heart of the city’s financial district. Qualified customers who work in the area as well as visitors in town for the New England Aquarium or the Green Way love the ability to walk in and get the raw, infused and concentrated cannabis products they want. They make the cannabis buying experience fun by letting customers spin a wheel for in-store discounts and prizes.
The flower selection at Patriot Care’s Boston dispensary features over half a dozen strains unique to their operation like Ying Yang, Black Banana and Sherb Face. They specify strains by phenotype and make educated guesses at the percentages of Indica and Sativa lineages in hybrid varieties.
Their edibles are some of the best priced and most potent in the game. You can take home a 110mg for the price many other dispensaries charge for products of half that strength.
Phone: (617) 500-1375
Since 2013, Garden Remedies’ Newton dispensary has been the go-to spot for cannabis for residents of Metro-West Boston and commuters who use the Mass Pike. Their inventory of raw cannabis flower, concentrated distillate oil vape cartridges, edible and topical products are made with locally sourced cannabis from Central Massachusetts.
On an average day, nearly a dozen strains of whole bud flower varieties are on the menu. The more you buy, the more your save. Strains like Chem 4, Deadhead OG and Skywalker OG come in 8th ounce quantities and can be mixed and matched to reach ¼ , ½ and full ounce price breaks. Hefty full-gram pre-rolls provide a great way to sample new strains without as much financial commitment.
Garden Remedies’ Newton dispensary makes buying cannabis convenient by accepting debit cards, providing an atm and featuring an online system for patients to order ahead.
Phone: (617) 235-7215
Address: 697 Washington St. Newton, MA 02458
You don’t have to travel across the country to get a California style cannabis buying experience. Sira Naturals’ Cambridge dispensary brings top industry practices right here to Massachusetts. Products are temperature controlled and labeled with the date they were packed to ensure freshness. Their open floor shopping area with glass displays throughout, allows you to browse as you wait to reach the counter.
Many of Sira Natural’s Cambridge dispensary’s regular customers return for their specials and deals. Senior citizens (age 65 and up) and those going through financial hardships get 10% off their purchase. Veterans get a regular 20% discount as well. Their new customer program provides significant savings on your first 4 visits – starting with $20 off and increasing by increments of $10 each visit to $50 off on your fourth. Concentrated products feature a ‘price-break’ system based on quantity and the price per gram of flower decreases with higher weights as well.
Sira Naturals embodies New England values with fast service, high quality product and a Dunkin Donuts right next door.
Phone: (833) 444-7243
With just one visit to Revolutionary Clinics in Somerville you’ll understand why their one of the fastest growing cannabis retailers in Massachusetts and were received the Best Medical Dispensary award at Boston’s 5th New England Cannabis Convention in 2019. The RevClinics experience starts with something particularly rare in the Metro-Boston area: ample free parking. Once inside you can relax in their comfortable lounge and leisurely browse their raw, infused and concentrated cannabis products.
Revolutionary Clinics’ Somerville dispensary is part of their vertically integrated system. They control their flower and other cannabis products from seed to sale starting with expert grow techniques in their nearby Framingham cultivation facility. Plants are diligently maintained with nutrients and pruning to allow for maximum potency and flavor. Expert trimming is evident from looking at the their buds using their in-store sample jars with built in magnifying glasses.
Phone: (617) 213-6006
Address: 67 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Some of the most unique strains and freshest cannabis to be had in Boston is actually located in the town’s sister city: Quincy.
Ermont’s Quincy dispensary is best known for their wide variety of garden-fresh flower varieties like legendary Cannatonic, Massachusetts favorite White Knuckles and up and coming Poet’s Walk. On site cultivation creates a fragrant experience for visitors and ensures the peak freshness of your purchases. Ermont’s tier-based pricing system categorizes bud into three distinct price points (Silver, Gold and Platinum). While silver and gold strains are nothing to turn your nose up to, platinum varieties truly embody the characteristics of world class cannabis – from their appearance and consistency to their flavor and effects.
Other notable offerings of Ermont’s Quincy dispensary include their own Slate brand line of CBD and THC infused topical creams, over 20 kinds of disposable vape carts, bulk (distillate) refills and THC crystals. Edible staples like fruit chews (gummies), cookies and brownies are available as well.
Phone: (617) 804-2701
Boston Dispensaries That Are Coming Soon
Soon Newton locals, residents of nearby towns and commuters will have another place to purchase recreational cannabis. Located on the west side of town and just off the Mass Pike, recreational consumers can get their raw, infused and concentrated cannabis products without battling local traffic. Ascend Mass of Newton’s Dispensary is estimated to open in 2020. Newton’s Mayor has already agreed to sign a host community agreement for the brand.
The proposed location of MedMen’s Newton dispensary supports their luxury image as it is currently a Shreve, Crump & Low jewelry store. The 232 Boylston St. retail space is directly off the major Route 9 for convenient access. The location features ample and private parking as well.
MedMen’s Newton dispensary will bring a truly premier cannabis buying experience to Boston. The brand has already built a reputation for being ‘the Apple Store of cannabis’ with their modern design elements, expert staff, top-shelf products and high-tech lording methods.
Address: 232 Boylston St. Newton, MA 02459
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has signed a provisional host community agreement for Union Twist’s Newton to sell cannabis for adult-use at 1160 Beacon St. They are currently holding informational community discussions and working with entities like the CCC to get final approval.
Address: 1158 Beacon St, Newton, MA 02461
Herbology’s Newton dispensary is owned by the national cannabis company Grassroots. Their 131 Rumford Ave. Newton location could be the first in Massachusetts for brand. They are already have active operations in Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Dakota and are in the process of expanding to Arkansas, Connecticut, New Jersey Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Address: 131 Rumford St. Auburndale, MA 02466
Sun Mass of Hyde Park’s Boston dispensary hopes to bring nation scale cannabis culture to our city. The brand is owned by the major cannabis cultivation and distribution company Harvest. Harvest has locations in Arizona, California, Florida and Maryland. They have already begun the process of obtaining proper licenses to sell cannabis at their 931 Hyde Park Ave. location.
Visitors and residents of Boston’s most southern neighborhood could soon be able to shop cannabis locally. Evergreen Farms Group’s Hyde Park Boston dispensary has submitted a request for a license to sell cannabis to qualified customers at their Hyde Park Ave. location. The company still must navigate a potential appeals process, draft a community host agreement, gain approval from the Cannabis Control Commission and register as a business in Boston before it can begin operations.
East Boston Local Roots dispensary is on a steady path to begin serving cannabis to 21+ customers at their 1006 Bennington St. location. It seems only fitting that the former site of Tufts Tobacco should sell another smokable substance and feature a diverse team of current and former East Boston residents. This roster includes the man who ran Tufts Tobacco: James Schena, Jr., former City Councilor Mike P. Ross, Former Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department Daniel Linksey, and many others.
Address: 1006 Bennington St. Boston, MA 02128
Soon, cannabis consumers in the eastern part of the state may not have to travel all the way to Pittsfield to experience the premier cannabis shopping Western Mass has gained notoriety throughout the state for. nce open, anyone over 21 years of age with a valid ID can browse and buy flower, concentrates, edibles and an array of specialty cannabis infused products. We expect the menu at Berkshire Roots’ East Boston dispensary to be close to that of their existing location. Flower aficionados can choose from both legendary strains the 413 Chem (originating from the best cuts of Massachusetts’s own Chem Dawg) as well as new favorites like 7 Minutes.
Address: 253 Meridian St. Boston, MA 02128
Mojos of Mattapan’s Boston dispensary is in the process of gaining approval to sell cannabis in at 1292 Blue Hill Ave. next to Ortiz Grocery. Customers who arrive by bike or rideshare will receive a discount. Flower, concentrate, edibles and specialty cannabis products like oils and creams will be featured on the menu.
Alchemy League of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary is working with local and state entities to gain licensing and approval to sell cannabis at 60 Newmarket Square across the street from the MBTA’s Newmarket Commuter Rail stop, off of Mass Ave. and directly next to Victoria’s Diner.
It is currently unclear exactly what will be on the menu when Alchemy of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary opens. However, their Instagram page features a picture of a frosty cola of fresh flower using the hash tags ‘Roxbury Dobie’ and ‘Roxbury Strain’ and with the caption ‘Welcome to Alchemy’. We hope this suggests local strain varieties.
One of Dorchester’s favorite smoke shops to buy glass pipes, rigs and rolling papers may soon sell the cannabis these accessories were designed for. 617 Therapeutic Health Care of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary has requested a permit to sell cannabis at 130 Bowdoin St., which is currently the site of Twenty One Plus smoke shop. Though the new business would replace the existing one, we suspect loyal headshop customers will be thrilled at the prospect of legally buying cannabis over the counter all the same.
Address: 130 Bowdoin St. Dorchester, MA 02122
Holistic Health Group of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary plans to sell cannabis near the Field’s Corner neighborhood of Boston at 1548 Dorchester Ave (formerly a tattoo parlor). The ambitious brand is already in the process of constructing a state-of-the-art grow facility in Middleborough and working with local authorities to open dispensaries in Worcester and Cape Cod.
The 420 of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary hopes to bring fresh cannabis to Mattapan Square. The parent brand (High Tech Farms) has requested a permit to sell cannabis to 21+ customers at 1624 Blue Hill Ave. (formerly Payless Shoes).
The owner of 1102 Blue Hill Ave, Cleon M. Byron, plans on opening a cannabis retail store in the ‘A’ unit of his building (formerly Nu Look nail salon). He has requested a permit to sell cannabis to both 21+ customers and medical marijuana card holing patients at this location. Because approval of the host community agreement and permission from the CCC is still pending as well as other logistical hurdles, it is currently unknown when EVOKE of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary (also reported as Cannabis Industry of Dorchester’s Boston dispensary) will open their doors to the public.
Members of the cannabis community in Boston have long visited The Hempest in both Harvard Square and on Newbury St. for hemp derived products, rolling papers and glass pipes. Now the brand hopes to sell what their customers have always wanted: actual cannabis. The Hempest of Roslindale’s Boston dispensary has requested a permit to sell cannabis at 882 South St. They still must navigate a potential appeals process, draft a community host agreement, get approval from the Cannabis Control Commission and register as a business with the city of Boston.
Address: 882 South St. Boston, MA 02131
Giving Tree Health Center of Jamaica Plain’s Boston dispensary hopes to sell cannabis at 769 Centre St. in the near future. Flower, concentrates and other cannabis products would be produced in their proposed Fall River cultivation and processing facility. The ambitious brand also has plans to open locations in West Bridgewater, Fall River and Kingston, Massachusetts.
Address: 769 Centre St., Boston, MA 02130
Core Empowerment of Jamaica Plain’s Boston dispensary is partly owned by JP local, Tomas Gonzales. He told Jamaica Plain News that the large space would intermingle a social justice museum within a premium cannabis shopping experience. They plan on operating 12 hours a day from 10am to 10pm with approximately 30 customers served per hour. Cannabis will be sourced from Massachusetts cultivators and wholesalers.
Address: 401 Centre St. Boston, MA 02130
The cannabis strains at Happy Valley of Brighton’s Boston Dispensary will be tested in their genomic mapping research lab in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This facility is the first of its kind in the world and will allow scientists to identify genetic markers and chemotype traits as well as certify the DNA of individual cannabis strains — allowing them to control cannabinoid and terpene levels with unrivaled precision. This level of research and development is unprecedented in the Massachusetts cannabis community and anywhere else – both domestically and internationally.
Address: 1937 Beacon St. Brighton, MA 02135
Many Cleveland Circle cannabis users already shop The Vape Shop of Brighton’s Boston dispensary for their unbeatable selection of accessories like glass pipes, dab rigs, rolling papers, blunt wraps, nectar collectors, dry herb vaporizers and CBD products. Soon, 21+ customers with a valid ID may be able to purchase THC infused vape cartridges, flower and more. Owner, Jonathan Lau has requested a permit to sell cannabis at his 354 Chestnut Hill Ave. location. Once approved he will still need to navigate a potential appeals process, draft a community host agreement and get signed off by the Cannabis Control Commission.
Natural Selections of Brighton’s Boston dispensary plans on bringing Colorado style cannabis to Brighton’s Oak Square neighborhood. We expect Natural Selections of Brighton’s Boston dispensary to feature a cannabis shopping experience much like their existing dispensary in Northglenn, Colorado. This location features over 2 dozen strains as well as countless vape carts, edibles products and more from nearly 30 of their state’s top producers and distributers.
Brighton residents and visitors could soon have a place to purchase premium cannabis just off the MBTA Green Line Sutherland Road stop – just blocks from Whole Foods. Natural Ventures of Brighton’s Boston dispensary has submitted for a permit to sell cannabis at 1688-1690 Commonwealth Ave. (currently A-Z Auto Center). They still must navigate a potential appeals process, draft a community host agreement, get approved by the Cannabis Control Commission and register as a business with the city of Boston.
Sira Naturals of Brighton’s Boston dispensary will bring the premium cannabis experience that consumers have already come to appreciate from shopping at their other locations in Somerville, Needham and Cambridge right here to Brighton. The ambitious brand is in the process of gaining approval for a Back Bay location as well.
The cannabis products featured at New England Cannabis Corporation of Brighton’s Boston dispensary will be produced in their own state-of-the-art cultivation facility in Holliston, Massachusetts. Raymond Parsons is overseeing that aspect of the operation and bringing his over 10 years of organic growing and plant genetics experience that he acquired in the California cannabis market right here to Boston.
Address: 204 N Beacon St. Boston, MA 02135
Bloominus’ of Charlestown’s Boston dispensary is expected to feature one of the largest selection of cannabis strains in Massachusetts. Their website claims they grow more than 50 varieties of flower – many of which boast exclusive genetics. Corey Barnette oversees the brands cultivation operation in Gerogetown, where he applies his 10+ years of specialized experience. Mr. Burnette has been recognized as one of the top cannabis producers in the United states for his work as CEO with District Growers in Washington D.C. and as President and Chairman of Medical Collective and Chi Holistic Collective in San Diego. Customers of Bloominus of Charlestown’s Boston dispensary should expect nothing but perfection. Corey Barnette says, “It is not enough for us to be the best – if the best is not perfect.”
Local Somerville businessman and owner of Redbones Barbecue, Robert Gregory, plans to bring retail cannabis to Davis Square with the eventual opening of New England Select Harvest’s Somerville dispensary.
New England Select Harvest’s Somerville dispensary storefront at 378 Highland Ave. in Somerville could become the most convenient place for consumers in the Davis Square to purchase their cannabis. It is just blocks from the Davis Station Red Line MBTA stop and a few streets over from Mass Ave (aka Route 2A).
Cambridge is set to get their first adult-use (recreational) cannabis retailer. Western Front’s Cambridge dispensary is moving into the space that formerly occupied Central Kitchen. Though many have bittersweet feelings about the end of this local institution’s run, an overwhelmingly population of residents and students are excited to be able to exercise their right as adults to purchase cannabis in the Commonwealth.
Their 567 Mass Ave location in Central Square will likely be the most convenient place to shop cannabis for those who rely on public transportation. It is located a block and a half from the Red Line’s ‘Central’ stop and steps from an MBTA bus stop for 1, 47, 64 and 70 buses.
Residents, students, commuters and others visiting Allston could soon have a convenient place to purchase cannabis off the Mass Pike and directly in front of a bus stop for the MBTA’s 64, 66, 501 and 503 routes. Union Twist of Allston’s Boston dispensary has applied for a permit to sell cannabis at their 259 Cambridge St. location (currently Foreign Auto Body). The company still needs to undergo a potential appeals process, draft a community host agreement, get approval from the Cannabis Control Commission and register as a business with the city of Boston.
Address: Cambridge St. Boston, MA 02134
Coolidge Corner is about to become even cooler with the opening of Sanctuary’s Brookline dispensary. We expect the cannabis shopping experience to closley resemble that found at the brands other locations in Gardener and Danvers.
Address: 1351 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
Green is coming to Causeway St., and this kind doesn’t have anything to do with basketball. Once open, qualified customers can shop a full range of cannabis products at Garden Remedies’ West End Boston dispensary just blocks from the TD Garden – home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. The prolific Massachusetts cannabis brand is already operating in Newton, Melrose and Marlborough where they’ve built a loyal following of satisfied customers. Garden Remedies’ West End Boston dispensary is in early stages of planning. They have submitted a request for a permit but still must navigate a potential appeals process, draft a community host agreement, get authorization from the Cannabis Control Commission and register as a business in the city.
Address: 49 Causeway St. Boston, MA 02114
Residents, college students, and travelers have long visited Fenway for its beloved ballpark, shops and eatery’s that span for blocks. Soon, people will have another reason to inject their entertainment dollars into the famous area’s economy with the opening of Sanctuary Medicinals’ Fenway Boston dispensary. The ambitious brand is already operating a Massachusetts dispensary in Gardner and planning another in Boston’s Back Bay Village.
Address: 601 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02215
The 7,500 square foot, first floor retail space is sure to impress both long time cannabis users and novices alike. The brand’s dispensaries in California, New York, Colorado and elsewhere are often described as ‘the Apple Store of weed’ – and MedMen’s Fenway Boston dispensary will be no exception. Customers are invited to leisurely browse product inventory on one of their many tablets available to shoppers. Cannabis experts (much like Apple’s Geniuses) make themselves available to answer questions or make educated recommendations. MedMen’s product lines of raw, infused and concentrated cannabis is color coded by the effects they produce including deep green for wellness, light green for harmony, yellow for awake, purple for calm, blue for sleep and more. This helps to eliminate the anxiety that comes with not knowing exactly how a new product will affect you.
Address: 120 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA 02215
We expect Patriot Care’s Bay Village Boston dispensary to stock their shelves with many of the same products featured on their existing adult use menus for other locations. This will mean customers can choose from over half of a dozen premium flower strains like legendary G-13 and Hashplant, high CBD Pennywise and CBD God as well as new favorites like Animal Blues and Tardis. They also should carry 510 threaded vape carts, PAX pods and bulk distillate oil refills. If you prefer not to inhale you can purchase infused chocolates, topical creams and even sublingual sprays.
Address: 310 Stuart St. Boston, MA 02116
Sanctuary Medicinals’ Bay Village Boston dispensary will bring the widely recognized Western Mass cannabis scene to the heart of Boston — just outside Chinatown. Once open, we expect to see a similar menu structure, laid back atmosphere and offering of expertly crafted cannabis products to their Gardener, Massachusetts location. If you smoke or vaporize, you’ll want to check out their bulk special. They allow you to mix and max flower strains to reach the ounce discount.
Soon, students, residents, commuters and everyone else who spends time in Boston’s ‘The Fens’ neighborhood could get access to retail cannabis – just blocks from Berklee College of Music. Cypress Tree Management of Fenway’s Boston dispensary is in the process of getting approval from local and state authorities to sell cannabis to 21+ customers at 1114 Boylston St. The project features a star-studded line-up of Boston business individuals including Todd Findard (Finard Properties), and Eric Liebman (Boloco) and Rick Nagle (former Massachusetts State Trooper).
Address: 1114 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02215
A prominent Massachusetts cannabis brand could soon open across from the Prudential Center. We expect Sira Naturals’ Back Bay Boston dispensary to provide the same experience customers have come to expect from shopping their locations in Somerville, Needham and Cambridge. Their hardwood floors, glass displays, and tasteful artwork will make this boutique style-shop fit right in with its retail neighbors only blocks away in Copley Square and on Newbury St.
Address: 827 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116