INSA in Easthampton approved recreational pot shop licenses

Hampshire County

INSA in Easthampton was approved for final licenses Tuesday that will allow them to begin selling recreational marijuana in the future.

As of right now, INSA is projected to be the third recreational marijuana retailer in the state, but there are a few more steps the company needs to take before it can sell recreational marijuana.

Cannabis Control Commission Press Secretary Maryalice Gill told 22News, the three licenses were approved at Tuesday’s public meeting.

The three licenses approved were for indoor cultivation, production manufacturing, and retail of marijuana. 

With the recent opening of NETA, CEO Mark Zatyrka said he’s seen an increase in customers who don’t want to wait in the long lines in Northampton.

“It’s going to be a competition obviously because there is two within a 10-mile radius,” said Namish Patel of Easthampton. “There will be more traffic flow into the city, Easthampton’s really been growing for the past 10 years so I think it’ll be great for the city.”

Zatyrka said he plans to begin adult-use sales in Easthampton within the next few weeks.

Gill said before opening the CCC will inspect the final license again, all marijuana inventory must be tagged and uploaded into a required seed-to-sale tracking system, and workers must be registered and properly badged.

After that is finished the CCC will confirm that all conditions for the final license have been met and will issue a notice for INSA to commence full operations. 

As for INSA’s Springfield location, Zatyrka said he plans to keep INSA Springfield medical only, open a separate location in Springfield for adult use, a plan that’s already in the works.

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