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Southbridge to Welcome Green Meadows Cannabis Dispensary

Descendants of famed World War II hero General George S. Patton bring a heritage of organic agriculture, community service and veteran advocacy to their first dispensary.

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Green Meadows Farm (Green Meadows), a cannabis company based in the heart of Southbridge, Mass., will open the doors of its first cannabis dispensary at 11:00 a.m. this Sunday, February 28, 2021, serving adult use cannabis customers. The dispensary is located at 64 Mill St., Southbridge, Mass. 01550.

Owned and operated by descendants of WWII General George S. Patton, Green Meadows is founded on the Patton family’s heritage of veteran advocacy, community service and organic agriculture. The company mission is simple: to bring exceptional cannabis products to Southbridge and surrounding communities, while engaging with consumers, particularly veterans, on ways these products may enhance personal health and well-being.

“Our values are rooted in positive social engagement,” says Bob Patton, Manager and Chief Executive Officer. “Southbridge is an historic commercial center undergoing major revitalization with both public and private sponsors. We at Green Meadows couldn’t be prouder to participate in this resurgence and to call this diverse and vibrant community home.”

Green Meadows is currently approved to serve adult use customers. Medical licensing will follow early this spring with the addition of cultivation and processing to organic standards to its operation. In a rarity for Massachusetts, the company has taken “locally grown” to a whole new level by locating its cannabis production alongside its dispensary in a restored 19th century mill building in downtown Southbridge. Ultimately Green Meadows will feature its own products grown to the highest organic standards along with a curated selection of quality products from other sources.

Old Traditions Made New – Family, Veterans and Cannabis

The Patton family’s support for military veterans dates back generations. It grew stronger in light of the difficult experiences and related burdens of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) endured by many veterans of the recent Iraq-Afghanistan era. Bob Patton’s father, George S. Patton IV, founded Green Meadows Farm as an organic fruit and vegetable farm after retiring as an army major-general in 1980. Combining his devotion to organic, sustainable agriculture with the medical potential of cannabis for veterans and others was the original inspiration behind the family’s cannabis venture.

Where to visit Green Meadows in Southbridge

Southbridge is located at the intersection of I-90 and I-84 just north of the Connecticut border. Green Meadows’ dispensary, in the town’s “Globe Village” neighborhood, sits across the street from its own newly built parking lot; a sheltered courtyard leads visitors into the brick mill building whose ongoing renovation mirrors projects occurring throughout town. Green Meadows’ cultivation and processing facility is in the same building. The industrial space has been completely remodeled to deploy organic and “green” horticultural principles across the entirety of the Green Meadows operation.

Regular hours for the dispensary will be Monday –Thursday 10:00am – 7:00 pm; Friday – Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

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Robert H. “Bob” Patton has helped lead Green Meadows Farm, a Southbridge, Mass.-based cannabis company, through several key milestones, including licensing to open as an adult-use retailer, and its subsequent dispensary opening in March 2021, followed by licensing for cultivation and medical sales to become a vertically integrated cannabis company. He also oversaw the launch of General's Aide, Green Meadows' first line of cannabis products manufactured in-house, and is guiding the rollout of Green Meadows’ organically grown cannabis flower, which will be harvested and entering the Massachusetts market in late October. In his role, he is also working closely with the executive team and the board on Green Meadows' expansion plans, which include adding additional space on-site in Southbridge for more cannabis production, as well as multi-state expansion and opening Green Meadows cultivation and retail facilities in Connecticut and other states that are expected to legalize in the near future. Bob holds degrees in literature and journalism from Brown University and Northwestern University. He worked as a Capitol Hill reporter, a commercial fisherman and a real estate developer before publishing his family memoir, The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family, to wide acclaim in 1994. He’s published three novels and two histories since then. In addition to heading up the Green Meadows team, he’s currently at work on Jackals & Foxes, a historical fiction series set in the world of colonial maritime war. Bob has been an advisor to the Patton Veterans Project, founded in 2012 by his brother Ben to help veterans and their families cope with post-deployment issues of PTSD and social isolation. Bob co-founded the Fairfield County Youth Football League in Connecticut in 2003 and spearheaded a $1.2 million project to build multi-use turf athletic fields for youth sports programs in Darien, Connecticut in 2008. Married for 34 years, he and his wife Vicki have four sons and six grandchildren.