WAREHAM – With a location on Cranberry Highway to set up a manufacturing shop and an application before the state Cannabis Control Commission, born-and-bred Wareham resident Jeanine MacKenzie hopes to open a business here to produce topical ointments that use marijuana and CBD to relieve pain without getting the patient high.
MacKenzie, who suffers from arthritis and the thyroid-attacking auto-immune illness known as “Hashimoto’s Disease,” said she started seeking pain relief ointments in medical marijuana dispensaries and found herself thinking of ways to improve them on her own.
She experimented at home and has come up with topical ointments using all organic ingredients that she swears by to get through the day without feeling the arthritis and the joint pain that often accompanies Hashimoto’s.
“I am up here, walking around, not in pain, because of the topicals,” said the Wareham High School class of 1985 and UMass Dartmouth class of 1989 graduate, who is a financial analyst. “They have made a ‘night-and-day’ kind of change in my life.”
This experience gave birth to MacKenzie’s plans for Beachgrass Topicals, which she plans to run out of a site at 3103 Cranberry Highway (in the strip of businesses that includes Pizza Boy and Anytime Fitness). There, this Wareham native plans to produce ointments for others who suffer from chronic pain, arthritis and autoimmune diseases, and she plans to sell the products to dispensaries. No retail sales will take place in the Cranberry Highway location.
MacKenzie, who will start the business at first with just herself and her husband, plans to hire from Wareham as demand increases and the business gets underway. “We are committed to hiring from Wareham first,” said the WHS graduate.
While Beachgrass Topicals is just getting started in the process with the Cannabis Control Commission and the town government, Planning Director Ken Buckland, who attended a Thursday morning presentation at Wareham Town Hall on MacKenzie’s plans, said the company idea “is one of the many new businesses that this (cannabis) industry gives rise to. The growth of the industry provides people ways to make money in local businesses.”