Sentinel & Enterprise

Fitchburg pot cultivator seeks OK to do research

Mina Corpuz spotlights Garden Remedies and their desire to research the effect of marijuana on opiate addicts. 

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“FITCHBURG -- Garden Remedies, which has operated a medical-marijuana cultivation and processing facility in the city since 2016, is looking for approval from the state to research how marijuana could help treat people recovering from narcotics addiction and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.”

“'We need something that is much more effective," CEO Karen Munkacy said Monday. "The research needs to be done.’"

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mg Magazine

50 Best Cannabis Companies to Work for in 2018

Garden Remedies is excited to announce our inclusion in mg Magazine's "50 Best Cannabis Companies to Work for in 2018" list. They had this to say about Garden Remedies company culture: "Grand occasions aren’t the only reason to celebrate at Garden Remedies, though the company certainly does take pride in celebrating special moments with events such as ‘harvest parties’ when hitting cultivation milestones. The company revels in providing a ‘positive, healthy work environment’ and in the diversity of its team: Currently, 67 percent of executive roles are occupied by women. World-class recycling and conservation programs surpass those of nearly every other company on this list."

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Wicked Local Melrose

 Retail marijuana could be coming to Melrose soon 

Conor Powers-Smith covers Garden Remedies’ hope for expansion into adult use sales just months after opening its medicinal dispensary. 

“’We’d like to be open for adult-use sales as soon as we can,” said Dr. Karen Munkacy, founder, president and CEO of Garden Remedies, which opened its Melrose dispensary in October. “As soon as they have the zoning for adult-use locations, we will start the process.’”

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The Heights

Mayor Fuller Leads Discussion on the Future of Marijuana in Newton

At a recent forum, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller states that Garden Remedies located on Washington Street—the first medical marijuana dispensary in Newton—has not experienced any loitering, traffic problems, or related police calls since its establishment in 2016.

Local cannabis experts sounded off at the forum titled “Wondering About Weed?” The event, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services is doing its part to educate local residents on the impacts the drug will have on adolescents and adults now that marijuana will be more accessible to Newton citizens.

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Community Advocate

Marlborough marijuana dispensary gets a green light 

Green means go! Marlborough’s City Council has approved a special permit for Garden Remedies, Inc., to open a medical and adult use marijuana dispensary at the Marlborough Square Shopping Center. With building permit in hand, Garden Remedies’ Chief Operations Officer Jeff Herold said GRI is expected to start interior construction within the next few weeks. 

Vicki Greene reports on the special permit and what it entails.

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Boston Globe

Moulton Legislation Would Push VA on Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Garden Remedies employs many veterans, including our COO.  The Boston Globe interviewed COO, Jeff Herold, who is also a Navy veteran, for a story on a trio of bills that would nudge Veteran Affairs to better integrate cannabis into the treatment it provides veterans.  

 “It’s crazy to think that the solutions to those problems have been out there the whole time, but veterans just haven’t had access to them,” says Jeff.

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NBC Boston

 Newton Voters Reject Measures to Ban or Limit Marijuana Shops

Excited about paving the way for new and existing marijuana retailers to expand their business in the community, Jeff Harold, Chief Operations Officer of Garden Remedies declares, “We are extremely excited. It’s a big day for us here.”

On November 6th, voters in Newton, Massachusetts, rejected two ballot questions that would have banned or limited recreational marijuana shops in the city.

Under the new law, Newton will be required to allow at least eight recreational shops to open.

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Boston Globe

Newton voters reject ballot questions that would have limited marijuana shops 

The Boston Globe covered the Newton election and its ballot initiatives in-depth this fall.  The election re-affirmed Newton voters’ preference to welcome adult use marijuana sales in town, which has paved the way for Garden Remedies to apply for adult use sales in 2019 in our Newton location.

From the article:
Both Garden Remedies and pro-marijuana campaigners in Newton can declare a victory “after a modest majority of voters in the city appeared to reject a pair of measures that would have banned or tightly limited the number of marijuana retail shops.”

Now, under state law, Newton will be required to welcome at least eight retail marijuana stores before local officials can summarily reject new operators.

“We’re incredibly happy and thankful to the voters of Newton,” said Tom Ahern, a campaign strategist for a dispensary-funded group that opposed the suggested bans. “They’re paving the way for a new industry and new opportunities for the city, including $2 million in new tax revenue. It’s a great day.”

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Metrowest Daily News

Marlborough seeks revenue boost

As highlighted in the Metrowest Daily News, Garden Remedies’ proposal for an adult and medicinal marijuana dispensary in Marlborough would generate $501.000 a year in much-needed tax revenue for the city.

In Marlborough’s quest to fund three major needed infrastructure projects, Finance Committee Chairman Michael Ossing declares that tax revenue from several housing and commercial developments before the City Council could cover the annual debt service for the projects. Garden Remedies’ proposal for an adult and medicinal marijuana dispensary is one of eleven projects under consideration.

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CNBC

As Canada enters recreational marijuana market, Colorado tries to stem a brain drain on its cannabis industry

CNBC featured photos and commentary from Garden Remedies in this article about hiring and recruitment trends in the cannabis industry.   

The article quotes Dr. Karen Munkacy, Garden Remedies’ Founder, President and CEO. 

According to Dr. Munkacy, “The expertise that comes from out-of-state doesn't necessarily work in states like Massachusetts.”

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Wicked Local

Melrose marijuana dispensary celebrates green opening

October 12th was a great day for Garden Remedies, as we celebrated the grand opening of our newest medicinal marijuana dispensary in Melrose, MA.

“We’re excited to be a part of Melrose, it’s a great start,” said COO Jeff Herold. “It’s a big day for us, obviously. We’ve been at this for almost two years at this location, so it’s exciting.”

Writer Conor Powers-Smith covered the Garden Remedies’ ribbon cutting event and touched base with Garden Remedies founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Karen Munkacy and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Jeff Herold, as well as Maureen Buzby of the Health Department and Mayor Gail Infurna.

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Boston Globe

In Newton, another voice in the marijuana debate

Health benefits, revenue, jobs, and community outreach.  Speaking with The Boston Globe, Dr. Karen Munkacy, Garden Remedies’ Founder, President and CEO, states that these are but a few of the positive effects resulting from the legalization of adult use of marijuana. In this piece published prior to the November election that rejected a ban on adult use marijuana sales in Newton, the reporter explores the choices faced by Newton voters.

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Local citizens of Newton, MA will have their say in the matter on November 6th, when they vote on two ballot questions: one asking for an outright ban on recreational marijuana sales; and the other allowing between two and four recreational shops in Newton.

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WGBH

Marijuana Shops Receive First Final Licenses

It’s been a great year for the cannabis industry and Garden Remedies!   An image of our premium all-natural flower is spotlighted in WGBH’s  article regarding the October approval of Massachusett’s first adult-use dispensaries. 

"I think it's a big milestone,” said Commission Chair Steven Hoffman. “But it's going to be a bigger one when the stores actually open.”

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