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Looking Beyond the Green – Garden Remedies’ Commitment to Mentoring New Cannabis Entrants

Garden Remedies’ cannabis mentorship program, known as Catalyst Mentoring Program, graduated its first class of cannabis entrepreneurs early last month, comprised of three students –two of which were economic empowerment applicants (EEAs) and the third was a woman-led business. In fostering the program, Garden Remedies places mentorship to EEAs, and the success of such applicants, as a priority.

“As a mission-driven organization, it is core to our culture, and important to all of us,” said Dr. Karen Munkacy, Founder, President and CEO of Garden Remedies.

The 14-week program provides its participants with tactical and tangible guidance, at no cost to those enrolled, on not only how to break the barrier of entering the cannabis market, but also how to create a business that thrives.

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Marlborough's First Recreational Pot Shop Opens Without A Hitch

The wait for Marlborough's first recreational marijuana dispensary is over! Garden Remedies opened on June 9 to a line of excited customers.

With a steady stream of customers, the dispensary hit the ground running by accepting walk-ins. No one had to wait in line too long and everyone was served quickly.

"We have enjoyed our Opening Day in Marlborough immensely," said Julia Wentworth, director of retail operations at Garden Remedies, "We've seen customers from every walk of life, from 21-year-old Gen Zs, to Millennials, Gen Xers and senior citizens. We are thrilled to have yet another location open for adult use — and we look forward to welcoming our medical patients here soon."

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The Boston Globe

Marlborough recreational marijuana store to open Sunday

It’s been quite a busy few weeks for Garden Remedies!

Garden Remedies will open its Marlborough store on Sunday after receiving its “commence operations” notice from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission this past week. The opening of the Marlborough dispensary will mark Massachusetts’ 20th recreational marijuana store to open its doors.

What separates the Marlborough dispensary from Garden Remedies’ other two dispensaries in Newton and Melrose?

With the size of the Marlborough dispensary being three times the size of Newton’s and with ample parking space, Jeffrey Herold, the company’s chief operating officer, said, ““It’s going to allow us for a lot more flexibility.”

Here’s what you need to know if you plan to shop at Garden Remedies in Marlborough.

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Worcester Business Journal

Garden Remedies mentors startup marijuana firms

Fitchburg cannabis firm Garden Remedies is making headway in the adult use-market as its Newton dispensary is now open for recreational marijuana sales. Adult-use sales are coming soon at the company’s Marlborough and Newton locations, but it's a cannabis mentorship program, the Catalyst Mentoring Program, the company is most proud of, said Jeff Herold, chief operations officer.

WBJ checks in with Jeff Harold about the premiere program.

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Daily Marijuana Observer

Garden Remedies Dispensary Begins Adult-Use Marijuana Sales in Newton, Massachusetts

After much ado, Garden Remedies finally opened its first adult-use marijuana dispensary with the kick-off of recreational cannabis sales at the Newton dispensary.

Now, the most convenient adult use cannabis dispensary for the majority of 21+ consumers in the Boston metro area, the commencement of adult use sales will enable Garden Remedies to more fully realize its mission of expanding access to safe, legal and natural cannabis products.

Dr. Karen Munkacy, Founder, President and CEO, Garden Remedies, Inc. commented, “As we anticipated, we have lots of happy clientèle. We have been working for years to bring the benefits of cannabis to a wider group of people, and I’m so pleased we’ve been able to do so smoothly and conveniently.”

From hours of operation, to Seven East Vapes, Daily Marijuana Observer’s Susie Peterson, answers your most pressing questions about Massachusetts’ 19th dispensary to open.

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A ‘tremendously fun’ opening day for Newton recreational pot shop

Shaun Connolly, a Worcester comedian, and Luke Robinson, a musician from the band Seven were the first two customers at Garden Remedies’ grand opening for the sales of recreational cannabis products to legal customers at the Newton location Saturday morning.

Globe Correspondent Maddie Kilgannon reached out to Julia Wentworth, the company’s director of retail.

“It’s been tremendously fun — we couldn’t be happier with how today went,” Wentworth said.

Wentworth went on to say, “I think people are just so excited to finally do this and do it legally.”

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Garden Remedies Readies Recreational Marijuana Sales in Newton 

After winning final approval from the state Cannabis Control Commission, Garden Remedies, Inc. will open for adult use cannabis sales at the Newton dispensary on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

“We have been working for years to achieve adult use cannabis sales in Newton—a dream that is now becoming a reality, and we are determined to continue to be good neighbors here in Newton,” said Dr. Karen Munkacy, founder, president and CEO of Garden Remedies, Inc.

Appointments are required and can be booked online at starting Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 4:20 p.m.

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Newton Recreational Marijuana Store Gets OK to Open

It’s a go! Garden Remedies Inc. received its “commence operations” notice from the Cannabis Control Commission May 21, giving approval to open for adult use sales at the  Newton, MA dispensary as early as Saturday, May 25.

Garden Remedies’ Newton dispensary will be Massachusetts’ 19th recreational marijuana store    and the second in the metro Boston area.

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller provided an update to Newton residents regarding the appointment-only  process and encouraged customers to use the public metered parking on Washington Street or take public transportation to the store.

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Local Cannabis Entrepreneurs Graduate from Garden Remedies' Inaugural Catalyst Cannabis Mentoring Program

Garden Remedies, Inc., recently graduated its first class of students from its Catalyst Mentoring Program--a program, created to foster diversity in the fast-evolving and complex cannabis industry, equipped newcomers with additional skills and knowledge they will be able to apply directly to help their businesses thrive. 

The inaugural class was comprised of three participants: Caroline Pineau, owner and CEO of Haverhill Stem; Gerardo Ramos, owner and operator of Holyoke Green Growers; and Erica Travis, founder and owner of Lily Pad Healing Arts.

"My experience working with the Garden Remedies team was transformational and impactful," says Caroline Pineau, Catalyst participant and owner and CEO of Haverhill Stem, who plans to operate a locally-owned, female-run cannabis dispensary in downtown Haverhill. ”Having such tremendous access to all aspects of Garden Remedies' operation through personalized one-on-one mentorship sessions has really helped me navigate challenges and elevate my business strategy."

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Marijuana shops in Marlborough, Amherst get retail license approval; Cannabis Control Commission denies Pittsfield growing operation

Exciting news for GRI!  Garden Remedies in Marlborough received approval for a final retail license from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, the last necessary step to open a retail marijuana shop.

Garden Remedies, reported as the only cannabis company founded and led by a female physician, Dr. Karen Munkacy, is transforming a storefront at 416 Boston Post Road in Marlborough into a marijuana shop that will offer product for both medical patients and  recreational users. The company has a dispensary in Melrose and is working toward another retail location in Newton.

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Newton’s 2020 Budget Focuses on Education, Infrastructure

Newton’s come a long way, baby! 

According to Mayor Fuller, Newton was not doing well financially nine years ago. But with the 2020 budget being $19 million more than the 2019 budget, and an $18 million expansion in the operating budget, the opposite now holds true for the city.

And with the soon-to-happen opening of Garden Remedies’ first recreational marijuana dispensary in Newton—the city will begin to receive revenue from the shop with some of the revenue going into Newton’s operating budget. Other revenue might come in as part of a “community impact fee,” which would be used for public health, safety, education, and infrastructure that is affected by the sale of marijuana.

“While it is our duty to provide academic excellence and educational equity, it is also our responsibility to keep Newton safe, to make Newton more ‘all age’ friendly with a particular focus on our seniors, to improve our streets, sidewalks, and mobility, to maintain our public buildings and infrastructure, to preserve our neighborhoods, to increase affordable housing and diversify housing options, and to promote vibrant, walkable and financially robust village centers and commercial corridors,” Fuller wrote.

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Patriot Ledger

 Veterans want to expand marijuana access to help curb opioid crisis

As MA’s opioid epidemic claims the lives of veterans at three times the rate of other Massachusetts residents, some former members of the armed services are turning to marijuana as an alternative to addictive painkillers.

But because the drug remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs does not offer it as a treatment.

This has not deterred  Stephen Mandile, an Iraq War veteran and chairman of Alternative Treatment for Veterans, who has helped create a program at nine medical-marijuana dispensaries where fully disabled veterans get a 40 percent discount.

Garden Remedies is proud to be part of this program, with both of our dispensaries—Newton and Melrose—participating.

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Newton’s Garden Remedies Could Sell Recreational Marijuana by May

GREAT NEWS! The MA Cannabis Control Commission recently gave a Final Certificate of Registration to Garden Remedies for recreational use marijuana sales at our Newton location. This registration is one of the last hurdles for Garden Remedies to becoming the first pot shop to sell recreational marijuana in the city.  

"Opening for adult use sales is a key milestone for all of us at Garden Remedies because it means we can help more people through safe, legal and natural cannabis," said Founder Dr. Karen Munkacy, a mother, physician and breast cancer survivor. ”Taking marijuana off the streets and safely into the hands of those who need it has long been my life's mission. We're grateful to the Newton Mayor, Ruthanne Fuller, and our community for providing the opportunity to continue this mission.”

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The Wall Street Journal

Legalized Marijuana Gives Hiring Managers a Headache

Brooke Charron, Director of Human Resources at Garden Remedies, Inc is quoted in The Wall Street Journal’s recent article regarding the hiring dilemma in states that have legalized marijuana.

“Brooke Charron frequently lost quality candidates who couldn’t pass a drug test for marijuana when she worked in human resources for a defense contractor in New Hampshire.”

Working for Garden Remedies Inc.—a Massachusetts manufacturer of cannabis-infused products lik gummies, chocolate and lotions, Brooke says, “Now I don’t have to worry about that.”

Images from Garden Remedies’ facility are featured in the article as well.

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The Eagle-Tribune

Haverhill woman in pot mentor program

Garden Remedies proudly welcomes the inaugural class of our recently launched Catalyst Mentoring Program!

Reporter Kiera Blessing interviews Caroline Pineau, the owner of Haverhill STEM—a proposed recreational marijuana shop on Washington Street— who is one of three participants in the mentoring program for other cannabis entrepreneurs in the state.  Caroline and the other two participants will get firsthand experience addressing the unique business challenges and opportunities in the cannabis industry.

"We are a mission-driven organization; it's core to our culture, and important to all of our employees," Dr. Karen Munkacy, President and CEO of Garden Remedies, said in a statement. "We're excited to play a role in helping this industry grow responsibly. 

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Worcester Business Journal

Fitchburg Marijuana Grower Starts Entrepreneurial Program  

Zachary Comeau reached out to Garden Remedies regarding our ground-breaking Catalyst Program, meant to mentor budding cannabis entrepreneurs and give them skills and knowledge to succeed in the increasingly competitive cannabis market.

From the article : 
“‘We are a mission-driven organization; it's core to our culture, and important to all of our employees,’ CEO Karen Munkacy said in a statement. ‘We're excited to play a role in helping this industry grow responsibly.’

The Garden Remedies program includes in-person and virtual learning experiences and mentoring sessions to address unique challenges in the industry.”

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1st legal marijuana stores are open in Massachusetts, but industry is far from mature

Shira Schoenberg takes a close look a the Massachusetts cannabis industry as recreational dispensaries are on the brink of opening, “After years of preparation and debate, legal marijuana is now a reality in Massachusetts.” 

Although there are many challenges for the new, highly regulated industry, cannabis advocates note that the consumption of cannabis is nothing new in Massachusetts.

“’It’s a huge market, but it’s not a market that the licensed companies are creating,’ said Karen Munkacy, CEO of the medical marijuana company Garden Remedies, which is working to open recreational stores. ‘It’s just we’re taking products that are being sold by criminals and are untested and can be unsafe and providing product that is tested, safe and taxed.’”

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