Travis Best, a Springfield native who formerly played in the NBA, has been announced as a co-owner of a cannabis dispensary looking to open in his home city.
The dispensary, Lemonnade, is majority-owned by Brittany Washumare, a Western Massachusetts resident who is also a certified economic empowerment applicant with the state Cannabis Control Commission.
Lemonnade is a sister brand of Cookies, a company with some of the most popular cannabis strains in the U.S. In Springfield, the dispensary will have access to resources from Cookies, including security, compliance, personnel and operational resources.
The owners propose to locate the dispensary at 585 Main St. in Springfield’s South End Neighborhood. Lemonnade must be selected for a host community agreement. From there, the company would need to apply for a special permit from the city council and a license from the Cannabis Control Commission.
As part of its proposal, which was put together for a community outreach meeting, Lemonnade says it will dedicate shelf space to products and brands owned by economic empowerment and social equity applicants, that 100% of employees will be Springfield residents, minorities, or have a history of disproportionate impact by drug law enforcement and that employees will be paid a living wage of no less than $20/hour and averaging at $24/hour, and have access to comprehensive benefits.