Financial District Marijuana Dispensary Pushed

MASSACHUSETTS:  A New York-based medical marijuana chain is one step closer to opening a pot dispensary in Boston’s Financial District — and just blocks from Millennium Tower, the new $680 million luxury skyscraper going up in Downtown Crossing — after regulators yesterday gave it the green light to move to the final stage of the state’s approval process.

Patriot Care Corp. plans to rent a five-story, former Liberty Bank and Trust branch building at 21 Milk St. where it will sell medicinal cannabis seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to company spokesman Dennis Kunian, who added the pot shop could be open by the spring.

“We are in the heart of the city because of the fact that there are 12 subway lines that go directly into Downtown Crossing, which is only two blocks from us,” Kunian said. “We are in the business of helping people with debilitating conditions. … When we open, you will not see lines around the corner. This is not recreational. This is not Colorado.”

The proposed pot store did not sit well with Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.