SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Connecticut retail cannabis stores have been given the green light to begin selling recreational marijuana on January 10th.

Since Connecticut customers will soon be able to shop closer to home, the concern is that businesses here might be negatively impacted. Connecticut residents looking to legally purchase recreational pot will no longer have to drive across the state line to do so.

In a statement to 22News, Pete Gallagher, CEO and Co-founder of Insa in Springfield said, “We believe the MA market will remain robust and are excited for what the future holds here. As an approved licensed cultivator in CT, we are looking forward to serving that community with our new location in Hartford opening in 2023.”

Connecticut customers will be able to buy up to a quarter ounce of cannabis at a time. This limit does fall below the Massachusetts limit, which allows customers to buy up to an ounce of cannabis.

There are nine existing medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut that, as of Jan. 10th, will enter into the recreational market.