In Good Health, located at 1200 West Chestnut St. in Brockton, is preparing for its first day of recreational marijuana sales. Throughout the past year, the company has been expanding its operation, hiring more employees and preparing security measures for the beginning of legal weed sales for recreational use.

BROCKTON – The ropes and stanchions are already in place, as In Good Health gears up for the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Brockton.

As In Good Health awaits the final go-ahead from the state's Cannabis Control Commission, which it expects to come in the next few weeks, the marijuana cultivator, wholesaler and retailer is anticipating an initial rush of customers to bring an influx of traffic to the west side of the city – and a line of customers wrapped around its 1200 West Chestnut St. facility. In Good Health said it hired Brockton police details, put its own security team in place and is otherwise prepared to handle crowd control and to manage traffic, as more than 500 customers are expected to come through each day during its initial first two weeks of recreational adult use marijuana sales.

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David Noble, president and chief executive officer of In Good Health, which first opened solely as a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility four years ago, said it would be "controlled chaos," but said the city shouldn't be expecting the enormous crowds and lines of traffic that came with the first handful of marijuana stores that opened in Massachusetts in the past year. There are now 28 authorized recreational marijuana stores across the state, according to the Cannabis Control Commission, with the closest recreational pot shops to Brockton located in Wareham, Fall River and Somerset.

"I'd say for the first two weeks, we're going to have traffic," said Noble, while providing The Enterprise a tour of his 56,000-square-foot facility, which nearly doubled in size after a construction project completed in the past year. "But I don't think it's going to get out of control because we're already a year into adult use. I'd say, the exciting bubble – we missed that opportunity a long time ago. The dust has settled a bit. I don't think people from all over the state are just going to rush here."

Noble said In Good Health has ample parking compared to other marijuana shops, with 100 spaces available for recreational marijuana customers on weekends and after 4 p.m. on weekdays, when the company's daytime employees finish their shifts. Before that time on weekdays, there will be 40 to 50 parking spots available for recreational pot customers, Noble said. The store will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Noble said. The average transaction per customer is about 4 minutes, he said.

"People are going to move quickly through here," Noble said. "We anticipate a steady flow. Don't get me wrong, the first two weeks will be organized chaos. ... We'll keep the traffic moving and do our best."

Noble said he's confident in the company's security plan and crowd control measures for its opening. In Good Health employs Rick Tayag, who has a background in airport security, as its vice president of security. Tayag said there will be water stations and a portable toilet if needed to accommodate long lines of customers in the first couple weeks.

"Any situation that might arise, we're pretty much ready for it," he said.

It's been a long time coming for In Good Health to get a permit for recreational marijuana, which it received earlier this month, now just waiting on a post-license inspection. After that, it's just a 72-hour wait before recreational adult use marijuana sales can begin.

Noble said In Good Health spent the past year tripling its growth, expanding production from 3,200 pounds a year to 9,000 pounds annually, in order to meet the demand of retail and wholesale recreational marijuana customers. The company now has 80 employees, up from 40 previously, and it plans to add 20 more before the end of the year, Noble said. About 25 percent of those workers come from Brockton, he said.

The renovated 1,200-square-foot sales room now features 11 cash registers, up from the four it had. Those cash registers will be manned by 35 retail employees, up from eight who handled medicinal marijuana customers since In Good Health first opened as a dispensary in September 2015.

Employees in the cultivation, manufacturing and packaging divisions have been working hard to get inventory prepared for the beginning of recreational marijuana sales. On Tuesday afternoon, longtime In Good Health employee Bob Foley was busy with his co-workers putting together small plastic tubes, filling them with meticulously assembled, pre-rolled joints.

"Normally, in a good week, we make about 1,200 pre-rolls," Foley said. "We've come close to doubling that to meet the demands of the recreational that will be coming in. It adds a level of excitement. Sometimes you get a few extra hours and everyone is working hard toward that same goal."

As In Good Health continues to grow, an out-of-state, publicly traded Las Vegas-based company called CLS Holdings USA has an agreement to buy the company at the end of the year. Noble said if CLS Holdings exercises its option to purchase In Good Health, he has a contract to remain in charge as the president of the company, running its operations in Brockton and at a medical marijuana dispensary it's planning to open in Sandwich.

"That gives us a bigger opportunity to expand our operations within the city or the state, to become a larger operation," Noble said. "We couldn't do that on our own."

Noble said he's proud of In Good Health's roots as a woman-owned company. In Good Health was founded by Noble's 64-year-old mother, a nursing home operator named Andrea Noble.

"I took her vision and brought it to life," Noble said. "She's very proud of what she's built and all the employees she has here, giving back to the city."

Noble said the company has been beneficial for Brockton in many ways, including the business the company attracts to the city, with In Good Health customers from other communities stopping at nearby sandwich shops, pizzerias, bakeries and gas stations when they come for their marijuana.

"They all get coffee at White's Bakery, they get sandwiches at Little Sami's, they go to Georgio's, they get Dunkin', they get gas," Noble said. "We've really helped bring some more customers to the area."

In Good Health will be providing the state with a 20 percent tax on all sales, including 3 percent that will go the city, on top of another 3 percent host community agreement on pot sales. In Good Health would also be taxed on wholesale transactions.

Brian McGuire, who is the head of wholesale operations for In Good Health, said the company at one point had its marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles on shelves at more than 20 existing pot retailers around the state. But recently, the wholesale was put on hold as In Good Health built up its own inventory for retail sales ahead of the upcoming start of recreational sales in Brockton. Eventually, In Good Health will start selling wholesale again for many of the new retail locations coming online that don't have their own cultivation operations.

"We have a high demand on our product," McGuire said. "We've touched every part of the state at one point. ... We'll be back into it."

Noble said he's happy to start recreational sales soon, and said it will be a win-win for Brockton.

"It's a safe, well-run operation, and it's going to continue that way," Noble said, "except now it's going to contribute more money to the city that they can use for the benefit of the residents."

Staff writer Marc Larocque can be reached at mlarocque@enterprisenews.com