Recreational Pot Shops Now Open For Business In Massachusetts – KNPR

Two years after Massachusetts voters approved the recreational use of marijuana in the state, adults with a valid ID can now buy some Moonshine Haze and a slew of other cannabis commodities.

As of 8 a.m. ET, Tuesday, two Massachusetts marijuana dispensaries opened their doors to customers 21 and older seeking recreational pot, a first on the East Coast.

Cultivate in the city of Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton had already been serving customers seeking pot for medical purposes. Now they have opened up their menus offering loose leaves, pre-rolled joints and vape pens, as well as enhanced candy and cookies.

To gain the adult-use licenses, the two establishments “underwent thorough background checks, passed multiple inspections, and had their products tested,” according to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission.

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Voters in Vermont and Maine have also approved recreational marijuana use — the only other East Coast states to do so — but no shops have opened yet in those states.

Nationwide, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana for adults, while 33 states as well as Washington, D.C., have approved it for medical purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

However possessing, selling or using marijuana is still illegal under federal law, opening up users to hazy legal ground, particularly if they are caught traveling with it over state lines, which is a federal offense.

Early Tuesday in Northampton, people lined up in the pre-dawn rain in anticipation of New England Treatment Access opening its doors.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, an Air Force veteran who bills himself as a progressive, made the first purchase inside the shop, handing over cash to rounds of applause.

Turning to news cameras, he said, “I’m proud that Northampton is playing a role in this historic day,

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