Soon, customers searching for cannabis in the greater Boston area and Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts will be able to purchase products through Your Green Package, a delivery company focused on giving back to the community.
Your Green Package will be led by President Christopher Fevry and Chief of Staff Lourdhary Pauyo. More than just co-founders, Fevry and Pauyo, both 27, are engaged to a wedding scheduled for August.
Working with NETA, one of the first recreational pharmacies to open in Massachusetts in 2018, Your Green Package is preparing to begin delivering what appears to be the largest cannabis delivery fleet in the region in the coming weeks.
Fevry and Pauyo say their ultimate goal is to give back to the community, especially the people who are disproportionately affected by the cannabis ban.
“All about us is that we want to be able to serve the community. We want to be very present in our community, ”said Pauyo. “We want to be a company that employs people of color because of everything that happened in the war on drugs in black and brown communities.”
Pauyo said she wants others looking for a delivery license to look up to your green package and know it is possible to hit the finish line.
The three-man management team, including Fevry, Pauyo and Ruthney Benjamin, the extradition manager, are all Haitians. It means a lot to the couple, especially to Pauyo, who was born in Haiti.
“Coming here, learning a whole different culture, language and everything, it just means a lot to see that we as a community can get to where we are now,” she said. “It just means a lot to represent.”
The couple are hoping to begin extradition in early July and are waiting for the state cannabis control board to issue a notice of the commencement of operations. Her Green Package, a social justice applicant, received its final license at the monthly meeting of the commission in June.
You have a fleet of seven vehicles and employ staff. There must be two people in each delivery vehicle, so Your Green Package plans to hire around 20 people, Pauyo said.
Your Green Package is available Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and delivers home to people aged 21 and over. While Your Green Package has an office in Bellingham, deliveries will be in Greater Boston and Pioneer Valley near NETA’s Brookline and Northampton locations, respectively.
Customers need to log into netacare.org and create an account to arrange delivery. Customers can select the products they want and choose a delivery time window. From there, NETA and Your Green Package receive the order and get to work. When the driver reaches the address, he checks the ID, processes the transaction and moves on to the next delivery.
Fevry said it had partnered with many retailers. You chose NETA because the company is open to working out a fair supply agreement, he said, showing a passion and commitment to social justice.
“In selecting a social justice applicant for these license types, we looked for people who matched our values, work ethic, drive, love of data, and we found it all in Chris and Your Green Package. “Said Mimi Herrick, NETA director of inventory management and sales.
The couple shop at NETA during their free time and enjoy the products, Fevry said. But getting to NETA from his Quincy residence could sometimes be a hassle with traffic.
“Honestly, I think that’s one of the reasons we’re so excited about the delivery,” said Pauyo. “We understand what it is like to have products from certain pharmacies and not be able to access them so quickly. Having this opportunity is just amazing and I’m sure a lot of people will benefit from it too. “
Pauyo said she was honored to be among the first to deliver cannabis in Massachusetts. Freshly Baked became the first company to receive home delivery approval in May.
“It’s just an honor to be here, to reach this stage and be one of the first,” she said. “We’re just very happy to be doing that, we’ve worked really hard and achieving this position absolutely means the most to us.”
The couple’s mission to serve their community is reflected in the company name. The two were at home having a nightly company name brainstorming session when the words “your green package” came out. Fevry said they couldn’t stop repeating it.
“It’s how personal it is. We say ‘your green package’ because we bring your package to you and it happens to be green, ”Pauyo said with a laugh.
Pauyo said she views your green package as part of her relationship with Fevry. It’s about communication and hard work, she said.
“We have a common goal. We want to be successful, ”she said. “There are days when we disagree, but one of the things we always try is just to communicate with each other.”
The couple had been together for almost five years and met through friends at a club in Providence, Pauyo said.
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have enhanced the convenience, health, and safety of a delivery option. Delivery is attractive to people who may not have transportation to a pharmacy or to those who don’t want to go because stigma still remains.
“It’s something that people need. When you think of people like veterans or the elderly, they don’t go to pharmacies, especially during COVID, ”Fevry said. “The delivery is an opportunity to expand the cake and really give these people access to the products they need.”
According to Blake Dow, Vice President of Product Management and Digital Commerce at Parallel, the parent company of NETA, NETA is working exclusively with Your Green Package for one year, with the possibility of an extension. The pharmacy started a medical cannabis delivery program a little over a year ago.
Fevry said Your Green Package would like to consider more partnerships in the future. At the moment, the focus is on ensuring a smooth start, he said.
Delivery is not available everywhere in Massachusetts. Some communities have banned cannabis from serving.
Massachusetts cannabis delivery is limited to social justice and economic empowerment applicants for three years.
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