2018 a historic year for Massachusetts marijuana industry

Hampshire County

Five recreational marijuana shops opened in 2018 in Massachusetts and they have brought in millions of dollars. 

NETA in Northampton and Cultivate in Leicester were the first two pot shops to start selling recreational marijuana in 2018. Both opened in November, and long lines can still be found.  

In the first two weeks, both shops brought in a combined $4 million. 

A third retail marijuana shop opened in Salem in December. And most recently, INSA in Easthampton started selling recreational pot less than two weeks ago. 

“It’s about time,” said Chuck Crane of Albany, New York. “We waste so many resources dealing with this stuff when it should be taxed and the government should be making money and go to schools and better healthcare and that kind of stuff. It’s about time.”

The openings come more than two full years after Massachusetts voters authorized recreational marijuana sales to adults.

INSA in Easthampton has seen about 1,000 customers a day since opening. 

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