Go inside Boston's Ascend, the biggest marijuana dispensary on East Coast – WCVB Boston

The East Coast’s largest recreational marijuana dispensary is now open in downtown Boston.A grand opening was held Thursday at Ascend Wellness, located just steps from the TD Garden on Friend Street. Ascend’s 16,000-square-foot dispensary covers several floors of the building.Ascend CEO and former Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral said the dispensary will be a good neighbor.“There was an early headline when we did the soft opening. They called us a pot ‘supermarket.’ I take that a bit pejoratively. I lean into the size that we are and how we will manage that size. But we’re trying to sharpen people’s pallets,” Cabral said. Unlike other dispensaries, there aren’t large jars of raw marijuana behind the counter but rather shelves lined with pre-packaged edibles, mainly from Ascend’s pot-growing facility in Athol.“They do everything online almost. So, when you check in, you order everything online on a tablet or you can do I believe just like pick-up orders,” a customer said.The company says after negotiating with the local neighborhood association, it agreed to add parking and security.People who live nearby don’t seem phased by the neighborhood’s newest business.“Honestly, I don’t see recreational pot being any different than the amount of alcohol that’s

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