The Boston Cannabis Board unanimously voted Feb. 17 to grant a license to a Ember Gardens, a proposed Newbury Street dispensary. That decision followed a battle with local residents that remains on-going.
The Boston Cannabis Board licensed proposed Newbury Street dispensary Ember Gardens Feb. 17, generating negative reactions from some residents. JACQUELYN O’BRIEN/ DFP FILE
“We will fight this tooth and nail, to the last man,” Alex Mancebo, a Back Bay resident, said during an October community meeting. “If the applicants want to endure that, we’re ready to do it. We live here.”
Ember Gardens Boston LLC was founded in 2017, and submitted an application Aug. 17, 2020 for a Retail Recreational Cannabis Dispensary License on 297 Newbury St.
CEO Shane Hyde gave presentations at two community meetings before going before the board. The second meeting on Oct. 13 included nearly an hour and a half of questions from residents — many of whom voiced strong opposition to the proposed dispensary.
“There are a number of burdens that are being asked of the residents here,” Mancebo said, “and frankly, we don’t want to do that.”
Residents said they took issue with the potential for crime in the back alley, noise