US (MA): A quest to be first MA-based cannabis microbusiness

If it wasn't for the dozens of cannabis plants growing in the next room, the bright green walls and the tinge of pot in the air, you could mistake it for the family dinner table. Seated around a table in their Uxbridge cannabis cultivation facility on a recent night, Kimberly, Fred and Joe Gibson — mother, father and son — discuss their nearly three-year journey to become the state's first cannabis microbusiness.

Gibby's Garden got the OK to start operations Jan. 3, and their unique license lets them engage in a range of cannabis operations, from cultivation to manufacturing products — an advantage because most businesses have to apply for separate licenses for those same activities.

"It's the state's nod to the little guy," Kimberly Gibson said. But the process was "brutal." The family started from scratch in 2017 with just the idea and Joe Gibson's knowledge of growing cannabis. Kimberly Gibson's 25 years of experience building data centers helped, but there's no manual for starting a cannabis microbusiness. Everything from town approval to installing a lighting system had to be learned, tested and, in some cases, done all over again. 


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