Cookies and Planet 13 seem to be the two cannabis retail chains securing top retail positions around teh country at the moment

The Harvard Crimson reports

The Cambridge Planning Board unanimously approved a special permit for cannabis store Cookies on Tuesday, allowing it to open in Harvard Square in the near future.

Despite the opposition of some local organizations and Cambridge residents who had concerns that the adult use retail marijuana dispensary would be located in an extremely prominent and desirable retail corner in the Square — the former Staples store space at 57 JFK St. — Cookies is moving ahead in its opening with this latest approval.

Cookies and its partner Blue Enterprises — a majority equity owner for the application — are both minority-owned businesses and qualify as “economic empowerment applicants” for a license to sell recreational marijuana. Economic empowerment applicants are businesses that receive marijuana licenses from the state through a program aimed at helping groups disproportionately impacted by past drug policies.

Very few businesses have successfully opened in Massachusetts under the program.

Damond Hughes, co-owner and operator of Blue Enterprises, said opening Cookies in Harvard Square would be a “dream come true” for him and his team. Hughes has owned and run his family’s liquor store in Boston for 10 years.

Malaika Moses, another co-owner of Blue Enterprises, said Cookies would engage with and highlight local, minority artists, become “stewards” of the nearby Winthrop Park, and provide “seed funding” for philanthropic programs.

“What we can do — because we care about the community and we want to lift as we climb — is use that facade space on JFK to help artists display their work,” Moses said.

Because Cookies is not allowed to have any of its products or paraphernalia in public view, a gallery space featuring local artists will run along the side of the dispensary on JFK Street, according to project manager William Chalfant.

Many Cambridge residents and business owners spoke out in support of the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting.