Page 2 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE – Friday, June 21, 2019 Sen. Lewis recognized for work on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Act Cannabis Commission begins interviewing license applicants By Barbara Taormina R epresentatives from Standard Naturals and Keltic Green, two companies pursuing licenses to operate retail marijuana shops in Malden, presented overviews of their business plans, facility designs and financial projections this week to the Cannabis Licensing and Enforcement Commission. “We’re here to hear from you; State Senator Jason Lewis (second from left) was among the legislators recently recognized for their work in helping to pass the 2018 Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Act, which has been hailed as a national model for improving Alzheimer’s prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. (Courtesy Photo) we want to understand what you’re proposing and who you are,” Commission Chairman Ron Hogan told the applicants, adding that the Commission is looking for companies that are the best fit for Malden. Scott Moore, who operates two A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE Don’t Forget Dad! OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 8 AM - 8 PM Sun. - Holidays: 8 AM - 6 PM (781) 289-4959 GIFT CARDS! ALL MAJOR BRANDS OF CIGARS * Desktop Humidors * Travel Humidors * Boxes of Cigars * Bundles of Cigars * Singles * Torch Lighters * Zippo Lighters * Cigar Cutters Father’s Day Special Chris Moore & his experienced staff will help you & save you money! * VAPES * JUICE * JUULS * BONGS PIPES * GRINDERS * HOOKAHS JUNE SPECIAL Buy any Box of PERDOMO CIGARS at our Reduced Price & receive a FREE PERDOMO Lighter! (Retail value in excess of $25.00) C.B.D. PRODUCTS Creating Better Days * Nature’s Supplement * All Natural * CBD Infused Products * Edibles * Concentrates * Topicals SMOKER’S DELIGHT 15 Churchill Size Cigars including a COHIBA Over 5,000 Units Sold! A BEST BUY! Lunch Menu! Enjoy our Famous $10 Served Mon. thru Fri. ‘til 3:30 PM Choose from 16 Items! Grilled Rib Eye Steak! Only $22.00 includes Two Sides Every Friday FRESH HADDOCK DINNER Prepared Your Way! Includes two sides Kappy’s Fine Wines & Spirits stores in Malden, is looking to expand his family’s business with a retail marijuana shop next to Kappy’s on Route 1. The company is proposing to build a new 3,000-squarefoot building on an overflow parking lot owned by Kappy’s. “We have experience in the alcohol business, and we see a lot of similarities in terms of regulation,” Moore told the Commission. He also stressed the location on the outskirts of the city as a plus since nobody wants this business in their backyard and because it would avoid adding to the city’s traffic troubles. “It would be a brand-new facility and we could work with the city on the design,” he added. Justin Smith, a lone entrepreneur with a background in real estate sales and development, is proposing a makeover for the old KFC building at 75 Broadway. Smith’s business, Keltic Green, would be housed in a renovated 3,500-square-foot building with plenty of parking. Smith predicted his shop would generate $12.8 million during its first year partly because the existing building would allow him to be fastest to the market and partly because of Keltic Green’s brand. “Our goal is to create a lifestyle brand with Keltic,” said Smith. “We want to enable our customers to have access to high-quality marijuana products that are safe, effective and consistent.” Although the site at 75 Broadway falls short of the required 75foot buffer zone between the marijuana business and nearby residential housing, Keltic Green reps feel they can compensate for that deficiency with greenery, fencing and the fact that almost anything is better than an abandoned fried chicken restaurant. Both Standard Naturals and Keltic Green would rely on their wholesale suppliers as consultants as they acquire expertise in the cannabis industry, a process Moore suggested might take one to two years. Both companies speculated on customer traffic, staffing needs, fluctuating prices, consumer demand and other aspects of a retail cannabis business. CANNABIS | SEE PAGE 12 8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 www.eight10barandgrille.com Kitchen Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-10pm Fri-Sat: 12-11pm Sunday: 1pm-10pm Now Featuring our BREAKFAST PIZZA & OMELET MENU Saturday & Sunday Only Served until 3:30 PM

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