NETA in Northampton becomes one of the first recreational pot shops in the state

Hampshire County

People began lining up at NETA before the sun came up.

“I got a vape pen and some edibles,” said Daquaan Hamilton of Northampton, who was the first resident to buy recreational marijuana at NETA Tuesday. “The fact that I can walk out of this store right now and not be afraid of what’s going to happen to me is pretty great.”

Recreational pot is officially open for business.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz made the first legal pot purchase at New England Treatment access, or NETA, just after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.  

“Northampton is a city of many firsts. We tend to be on the leading end of social change,” said Narkewicz.

Retail pot purchases made in Massachusetts will be taxed at 20 percent. 

A customer, who got in line at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday morning said he sees the potential for economic growth. 

“They’re always crying everybody’s always crying we need more money in the economy well here it is,” said Northampton resident Dennis DeForge. 

Mayor Narkewicz said recreational pot sales add to Northampton’s appeal. 

“Northampton is a destination city,” he said. “Lots of people come here to enjoy our restaurants our theater our concerts local shops. So I really view this as one more part of what makes Northampton a vibrant and attractive city to visit.”

NETA was one of two retail pot shops to open in Massachusetts Tuesday, the other in Leicester.

Customers must be 21 years or older and have a government issued ID to purchase recreational marijuana.

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