Revolutionary Clinics Gets OK to Cultivate Rec Pot in Fitchburg
FITCHBURG -- Oak Hill Road medical-marijuana cultivator Revolutionary Clinics is the city’s first facility to gain final approval from the Cannabis Control Commission to operate for recreational cultivation and product manufacturing.
“We’re producing at a more constant rate because wholesale is part of our model,” said Tom Schneider, chief marketing officer for Revolutionary Clinics. “Other than that, nothing has changed.”
Before, the grow facility would provide product to its medical dispensaries in Somerville and Cambridge and sell wholesale.
Since gaining approval from the state to expand into the recreational business in January, the facility has begun growing recreational marijuana and manufacturing products, he said.
Revolutionary Clinics’ retail stores haven’t received final licensing from the commission to open for recreational sales yet.
Last summer, the Cleghorn neighborhood cultivator was approved to expand growing operations on upper floors at its two-building space.
Its campus is about 250,000-square-feet, Schneider said, and Revolutionary Clinics is on its way to completing about 140,000 square feet for growing and product manufacturing.
“With building out all our floors, we’re going to be the largest grow facility in Massachusetts,” he said.
Revolutionary Clinics has been growing medical marijuana since 2017, according to Fitchburg’s Community Development Department.
The Planning Board approved Revolutionary Clinics for recreational growing in August.
Fitchburg currently has three operating medical cultivation facilities, while nine other recreational growers have been approved by the city but have yet to begin operations.
Garden Remedies on Airport Road, has a provisional license from the state to expand to recreational cultivation. The other, Apothca Inc. on Development Road, has not yet applied with the city to grow recreationally.
“Eventually all the cultivators will go that way,” said Mike O’Hara, principal planner for the city.
Five retail locations have been approved, but none are currently open. Most are working on buildings and aim to open this summer.
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