First Legal Pot Stores in Massachusetts Open at Same Time

November 20, 2018

The first two recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts opened at the same exact time this week.

A spokeswoman for Cultivate in Leicester said Saturday the store planned to move up its regular 10 a.m. start time to 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

New England Treatment Access in Northampton also began selling to recreational customers at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Both stores received final regulatory approval Friday from the state Cannabis Control Commission to open this week. They will be the first commercial marijuana stores to operate in the eastern U.S.

The openings come more than two full years after Massachusetts voters authorized legal recreational marijuana. Retail sales were originally slated to begin on July 1 but regulatory approvals were delayed.

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