Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee presents Diem Cannabis CEO and co-founder Chris Mitchem, center, and VP of Operations John DiNovella with a citation during the dispensary’s grand opening on Friday. (Spenser Hasak)
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LYNN — Diem Cannabis held its grand opening on Friday, making it the third out of eight planned dispensaries to open in the city.
This is Diem’s fourth location, adding to other locations in Worcester and Salem, Mass., as well as Portland, Ore.
Diem purchased the location, which was previously a Thai restaurant, two years ago and spent the past year renovating the entire interior of the building. Co-founder and Chief Executive Director Chris Mitchem, said the building was very run down and needed a lot of work.
“A lot of blood, sweat, tears and money went into the building,” Mitchem said. “It was a huge undertaking.”
The dispensary is hard to miss, sporting a bright blue exterior which matches the company’s logo. They have a welcome desk upon entering that directs customers to the counter where products can be purchased. In the back — which is an employee-only area — is an intake