The first Franklin County recreational marijuana shop is officially open.
About two dozen people were waiting when doors opened, including Rachael Gowey. She said she was expecting a long line.
“Actually, I was happily surprised,” said Gowey. “I’m going to be one of the first ones in.”
Jerry Manzo was first in line. He told 22News he’s excited to be able to buy adult-use marijuana to help with medical issues, without needing a medical card that costs about $200.
“This is going to be a really good thing for me because I have cancer,” explained Manzo. “I’ve been fighting it. I’m going into the third stage of chemo. I need something strong and this will be it.”
To prepare for extra people in this area, the city of Greenfield and Patriot Care worked together to add extra parking for customers and extra security. Patriot Care spokesperson Mary-Alice Miller told 22News security is a big reason why the company waited nearly two weeks to open after getting final approval from the CCC.
“We go above and beyond to make sure we provide a safe environment for the people who come to our dispensaries, and the community,” said Miller.
Greenfield Mayor William Martin is hopeful the dispensary will help the city financially.
“It’s a new revenue source,” explained Mayor Martin. “It doesn’t have to be filtered through other state layers before you get your 14 cents.”
Miller said adult-use sales will not impact Patriot Care’s medical customers.