Bailey’s Buds: Local cannabis cultivator grows marijuana with his family — this time, legally
DRACUT — When the old mill overlooking Beaver Brook was built in 1900, it’s safe to say no one intended it to house rows of marijuana plants. But since the Bailey family took over the facility last year, after some intense renovations and a long licensing process, the mill now operates as a cannabis cultivation company.
Bailey’s Buds is a family-owned and operated marijuana growing company, run by father Gus Bailey and managed, in part, by sons Alex and Phil Bailey. At the facility, they grow and harvest cannabis strains to be sold at over a dozen local distributors and are currently distributing their first strain, called Golden Papaya, which they released last month.
But founding the business was not without its challenges — to the Baileys, growing marijuana legally is a personal triumph.
For several years, Gus Bailey grew and distributed the drug at home, first in Watertown, then Brighton and then Waltham, until the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shut down the operation and seized his assets in 2011. He later served five years in prison and was released about three years ago. But because Massachusetts made licensed recreational marijuana sales legal in 2018, he said he was inspired to give the business another shot — lawfully.
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