Native Sun retail dispensary petitions Hudson for hours extension


By Justin Roshak, Contributing Writer

Native Sun retail dispensary petitions Hudson for hours extension
Customers shop inside Native Sun’s Hudson location during a “4/20 Fest” event held earlier this year. (Photo/Jesse Kucewicz)

HUDSON – Cannabis retail store Native Sun is petitioning to expand its hours after beginning operations in Hudson. 

Native Sun Wellness opened a retail operation at 37 Coolidge Street late last year as one of its two Massachusetts locations. The store is about one mile east of I-495 and about two miles west of downtown Hudson. It operates from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

It is now requesting a two hour evening extension, which would allow it to remain open until 10 p.m. 

“We usually have to turn away customers after eight o’clock,” said Retail Director Caitlyn Woodward-Samson. “We would love to be treated and considered as a standard retailer.”

Woodward-Samson said the additional hours would generate more revenue for Hudson. 

“It sounds great,” said Hudson Economic Development Commission Chair Bill Sullivan at a recent meeting. “You have a big parking lot. It’s well lit. I’ve been in a couple times. I know the product. I don’t see any downsides.”

Sullivan agreed with Woodward-Samson’s point that an expansion of hours would increase local revenue and said, “I look forward to supporting it.”

Current local zoning stipulates an 8 p.m. closure time for retail cannabis establishments, according to Hudson Director of Planning and Community Development Kristina Johnson. As a result, for Native Sun to succeed in its petition, it will require a special exception to the rules of its overlay districts. 

A statutory public hearing on the matter will be held this month, Johnson said.


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