Vanessa Jean-Baptiste opened the first Black woman-owned dispensary on the East Coast this past weekend, WPRI reported.

Baptiste welcomed customers to Legal Greens for the first time on Sunday, March 28. The new dispensary is located in Brockton, Massachusetts, and WPRI reported that the historic cannabis store has been in the works for three years.

“It means a lot to me because we worked really hard to get to where we are at,” Jean-Baptiste told WPRI.

There was a line of people waiting to support Jean-Baptiste and Brockton’s newest local Black-owned business on Sunday before the doors opened at 8 a.m. Jean-Baptiste was born and raised in Brockton and she opened this new dispensary with the hopes of bringing a positive impact to the community.


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“This is the first woman Black-owned business in the legal market on the East Coast which is as exciting as the first stores that opened in November of 2018,” Davide O’Brien, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Cannabis Association, said in a statement to WPRI. “It shows that we’re actually achieving what we are trying to do, which is build an inclusive industry in Massachusetts.”

The store carries various types of cannabis and you can search Legal Greens’ inventory by category or flower, according to its website.