One of the country’s biggest legal marijuana companies is ready to open a pot supermarket in downtown Boston — possibly as soon as later this week, the Herald has learned.

Ascend is preparing a “soft opening” with a target date of Thursday for a 16,000-square-foot dispensary on Friend Street across from North Station and TD Garden. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has backed the shop.

It will be the city’s biggest dispensary and wary West End neighbors say they’ll be keeping an eye on how it all rolls out.

“We’ll be watching,” said Jane Wilson, a former president of the West End Civic Association.

“We have a good neighbor agreement and that includes no lines outside the shop,” Wilson told the Herald Monday. “They agreed to make it the most safe, most monitored and agreed upon the rules.”

Andrea Cabral, the former Suffolk Sheriff, is CEO of Massachusetts Ascend Wellness Holdings and, according to Wilson, has worked with the West End neighbors on how the pot shop will operate.

Ascend’s website promises “a wide selection of high-quality cannabis products, a digital ordering experience, and knowledgeable budtenders in a safe environment.” The website also states the company will open two more retail

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