MA mayor first in line when recreational marijuana shops open

  • MA mayor first in line when recreational marijuana shops open

MA mayor first in line when recreational marijuana shops open

There were no immediate reports of supply shortages at either store, which offered customers products ranging from pre-rolled joints to cannabis-infused chocolate bars.

The first customer at the Leicester store, in central MA, was Stephen Mandile, an Iraq War veteran who has been using medical marijuana to treat his post-traumatic stress, a traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. "It's way more than I expected", he said as he waited to pick up edibles and the part of the plant that can be smoked.

The store openings came two years after voters approved the legalization of the drug for recreational use for adults 21 and older.

The state's Cannabis Control Commission gave authorization on Friday for Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton to begin recreational sales on Tuesday.

Narkewicz said he did not intend to consume his purchase, but wanted it as an artifact of city history.

"Everybody is happy to celebrate".

Uber riders should receive an email on Tuesday morning from the transportation company and Mother's Against Drunk Driving reminding them on the first day of legal marijuana sales in MA that driving while high is unsafe.

"I'm proud to have been the first person to make [a] purchase", Narkewicz told reporters, according to the Boston Globe.

Recreational marijuana is now for sale on the East Coast.

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.

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

The rollout of legal pot sales has been slow in MA, with regulators saying they wanted to make sure it was done safely and without some of the supply issues other states have faced.

The commission issued final licenses Tuesday to two more retail stores, in Salem and Easthampton, which could open in the coming weeks.