Updated 5 pm
Island Time, the recreational marijuana shop on 15 Mechanics St. in Vineyard Haven, has received state permission to open on Monday, August 16, to sell cannabis products to individuals 21 and older, Geoff Rose, the store owner, told The Times.
At just after noon on Friday, Rose received word from the Cannabis Control Commission that the notice to commence operations had been approved. The final inspection was done two weeks ago, Rose said.
Island Time becomes the second marijuana facility to open on the Island. The Fine Fettle facility in West Tisbury opened to medical clients last month, and began selling to recreational users on Monday, August 9, Jay Deyette, general manager, told The Times. Fine Fettle also received its final permission to open on Friday, he said.
Rose started on the journey of bringing legal marijuana to the Island some nine years ago, seeing the benefits it could have for people, including those dealing with mental illness.
“Wow. Going on almost nine years; this is just amazing. It’s a dream come true. It’s an amazing event,” Rose said. “It’s a surreal experience to say that we’re going to be open and able to bring safe and responsible use of cannabis to the adult population of Martha’s Vineyard and all those who visit. It’s a real wow.”
Rose is also the founder of the Island Club Card, which provides discounts to member businesses. He sees the venture into the marijuana business as being along the same lines of providing a community benefit. “We were trying to provide benefits to the local community, and cannabis was in keeping with that mission,” Rose said. “We believed it was going to be a good business. It’s about serving the community, and we saw it as a good business.”
The store will be open by appointment only. Customers can sign up for appointments beginning Saturday, August 14, on the store’s website, IslandtimeMV.com. The store will open with limited products, Rose said. At first only flower products will be sold, but Island Time will eventually sell edibles, as well.
Updated to indicate that Fine Fettle will start selling recreational cannabis on Monday.