INSA officially opened its doors for recreational marijuana sales at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Dozens of people waited outside before it opened. INSAs CEO Mark Zatyrka told 22News more than 850 people visited the dispensary throughout the day.
“We didn’t know what to expect, but we’re happy with it,” said Zatyrka. “At this point, I think people are used to waiting two hours plus. Here, our line moves so fast that it’s been close to 20 minutes or less for some people.”
Zatyrka said the dispensary can serve about 50 people every 10 minutes, which keeps the line moving.
“No line at all,” said Denise Mackey of Windsor, Connecticut. “And that’s a big deal.”
INSA joins NETA in Northampton as the only two retail pot shops open in western Massachusetts. At NETA, people waited in line for more than 3 hours to buy recreational pot on opening day. But INSA customers told 22News lines were considerably shorter in Easthampton.
“Northampton’s been open, but every time I drive by there’s always a line,” said James Desautelle of Suffield, Connecticut. “Even when I drove by yesterday in the rain.”
“I know there’s a lot of long lines at other places and I heard I could get right in,” said Mackey, explaining why she made the trip to INSA.
INSA is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.