Western Massachusetts’ second retail marijuana shop opened for adult-use sales Saturday morning.
Hampshire County now has two recreational pot shops. First NETA in Northampton, now INSA in Easthampton.
The two recreational marijuana shops are less than 5 miles apart.
INSA is the 5th recreational pot shop to open in Massachusetts.
The Easthampton pot shop has served as a medical dispensary at 122 Pleasant St. in Easthampton. since February.
Springfield resident Micheal Cruz was at the front of the dozens of people who lined up outside of INSA before the doors opened Saturday morning.
“I was up this morning early and was expecting big lines so I was trying to make it early a couple hours ahead. I was able to get in and out awesome experience awesome environment,” Cruz said.
INSA CEO Mark Zatyrka said he’s been working closely with the city of Easthampton leading up to Saturday’s opening.
INSA hired police details, their own security team, and have secured additional parking.
“I’ve been touched by the response we’ve gotten from our neighbors here in the mills and city of Easthampton,” Zatyrka said. “The city of Easthampton has been great to work with, I’m glad a lot of city officials are here to join us. A lot of planning, a lot of work but I think it’s worth it.”
Detours will be posted directing people away from parking in nearby neighborhoods.
Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle told 22News INSA will be a nice addition to the Easthampton community.
“Watching these consumers come in is very exciting. We’re looking at a rebirth of Easthampton with housing and with jobs and also businesses that fit in our community and well accepted, it’s a great day.”