One step closer to ‘Doobie’ delivery: Host community agreements approved by Select Board
The Select Board voted at its July 1 meeting to approve three host community agreements with DB Delivery MA for marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, and delivery. The company, which will do business as Doobie, is owned by Wareham natives Ericca and Justin Kennedy along with Joseph Rubin and Jessica Powell.
“Takes me back to the sixties with the name of the company,” said Select Board member Alan Slavin.
The company, which will deliver products directly to consumers without a retail storefront, still needs to obtain licenses from the Cannabis Control Commission.
Doobie would also be licensed for cultivation, which they plan to do outside, and manufacturing. The manufacturing license would be used, at least at first, to hand roll marijuana into joints. Doobie will not have a retail location.
Ericca Kennedy said at a June 17 community outreach meeting that Doobie plans to bring job opportunities to Wareham, while also paying a three percent community impact fee and three percent sales tax to the town.
The company’s founders are focused on giving back. One percent of the business’ profits will go to the Doobie Fund, a restorative justice fund that will distribute microgrants to help those with nonviolent cannabis convictions with the costs of food, housing, and transportation. The company also hopes to hire a Wareham artist to paint a mural depicting the positive impact cannabis has on society.
State laws mandate a number of safety measures that marijuana delivery businesses must follow. Vehicles must be unmarked, and cannot transport more than $10,000 worth of product at a time. Drivers must work in pairs and wear active body cameras when making deliveries.
Doobie will accept debit card and cash payments, but not credit card payments. Customers must show ID when drivers arrive. Only those 21 years old and older will be able to use the service.
Kennedy said Doobie will be looking to hire 10-15 delivery drivers and expediters, with each employee starting at a minimum pay of $18 per hour after tips are considered. Performance, seasonal and wellness bonuses will be offered along with six weeks of paid time off each year (for maternity/paternity leave, bereavement leave, vacation time, etc.).
The business will operate at 3 Tow Rd. After cleaning up the site, Doobie will use the existing building for its manufacturing and delivery operations. The company will build greenhouses next to the building. The site will be surrounded by an 8-foot privacy fence with mesh screening and “defensive landscaping,” will be used to keep the building 85 to 90 percent non-visible to the general public.
An extensive security system and air filtration system will be installed.