This Cambridge dispensary caters to women, LGBTQ and older customers

Leah Samura’s mission is to sell cannabis to your friends, parents and grandparents. Photo courtesy of Leah Samura   Harvard Square’s first cannabis dispensary — and its first Black-woman-owned business — is on track to open in September, CEO Leah Samura tells Axios.   Driving the news: Yamba Boutique is undergoing architectural review as Samura […]

A Growing Advantage

By Jessica Bartlett – Reporter, Boston Business Journal | Apr 1, 2021 The owners of three local cannabis firms seized on the chance to launch a delivery business Sieh “Chief” Samura and his wife Leah Samura are opening two dispensaries between them, and will soon launch a delivery business. GARY HIGGINS / BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL […]

Marijuana-infused lubricant is hitting the shelves in Mass.

Boston Globe By Felicia Gans Globe Staff,Updated March 1, 2019, 12:00 a.m. PURIENT/SIRA NATURALS   The marijuana industry is about to get sexier.   A cannabis-infused lubricant is hitting dispensary shelves this week for the first time in Massachusetts, and the product’s creators hope it revolutionizes the way people think about marijuana.   “We designed […]

In the Weeds

BY JOSIE F. ABUGOV, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER APRIL 1, 2021   Leah Y. Samura is now one step closer to opening a sex-positive, women-focused cannabis boutique at 33 Church St. — a 1,300 square ft. space in Harvard Square that was once a police headquarters. Last month, she reached the final checkpoint in the convoluted […]

Cambridge finally has a fully approved adult-use cannabis dispensary

Yamba Founders

More than five years after the state legalized cannabis for recreational use, Cambridge is finally getting its first adult-use dispensary. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved a retailer license for Yamba Market, a Black-owned retailer based at 580 Mass Ave. The company, the first adult-use dispensary to get final licensure in Cambridge, plans […]

…Hiring during COVID pandemic while waiting to open is a ‘complicated dance’

Yamba Market Cannabis Dispensary

For Sieh Samura, the process of opening a cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic and while getting through the hurdles of the licensure process feels like a “complicated dance.” “Any one thing can set off and destroy your timeline and be extremely costly,” Samura said in an interview with MassLive. “So this is […]