The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by former City Councilor Tito Jackson to open a three-story cannabis shop at 150 State St., across from the Custom House.
Jackson's Verdant Restorative now goes to the state Cannabis Control Commission for the required approval to open both the shop and a "manufacturing" concern in the building, where the company will take raw marijuana and turn it into edibles, vape pens and similar products in the building's basement. The Boston Cannabis Board had earlier approved the proposal.
The building has six floors - the top three floors will be used for company offices, meetings and breaks.
Jackson told the board the corporate name represents a function of its business: To be "restorative" for people who were harmed by "the failed war on drugs." He said at least 20% of the roughly 40 employees will be people who were convicted of drug crimes, and added that pay will start at $16 an hour.