For Sieh Samura, the process of opening a cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic and while getting through the hurdles of the licensure process feels like a “complicated dance.”
“Any one thing can set off and destroy your timeline and be extremely costly,” Samura said in an interview with MassLive. “So this is like a ballet between the municipality, the state, and then really what we have to do to be a viable business out here.”
Samura is planning to open Yamba Market right in Cambridge’s Central Square at 580 Massachusetts Ave. Samura, who co-owns Yamba Market with Sean Hope, wants the dispensary to be like an art gallery space, welcoming people with some high-end sophistication.
“We’re in an area where we feel like this new cannabis culture is really welcome,” Samura said. “It’s a multicultural district and with all of the arts and creative community there … we’re really excited and looking forward to opening there and changing that business community for the better.”
An area of Yamba Market will be called Yamba Joint, Samura said, and will be dedicated to community events and functions. Yamba Market, an economic empowerment applicant, has its provisional license with the state Cannabis Control Commission.