The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a request from the operators of a marijuana store now under construction on South Street in Roslindale to override a 2021 board decision barring Sunday sales.
The updated vote, 5-2, means that the Hempest, in the same building as the Hong Kong 888 Cafe, will not be the only Boston marijuana mart closed on Sundays.
In 2021, the board approved the proposed shop but said it would add a prohibition against Sunday sales there because of its location in a primarily residential area, which in addition to the Chinese take-out place also has a convenience store, a pizza place, a coffeehouse and an appliance store.
Most of the board's current members were not on the board in 2021.
One of the Hempest's co-owners, Mitch Rosenfield - who runs a hemp-based clothing store on Newbury Street and lives in Roslindale - had formally requested the change. He told the board that experience with operating stores since 2021 has shown Sunday hours are no worse than hours on any other days of the week. His partner in the project is Rick Ovesen, whose family owns the combination house/retail space where the store will go.
Board Chairwoman Sherry Dong and member Alan Langham voted against the change, but did not say why.
Once open, the Hempest will be Roslindale's second marijuana shop, behind High Profile x Budega Boston at Washington Street and Archdale Road.