After months of waiting, recreational pot is becoming a reality in western Massachusetts.
On Tuesday, November 20th at 8:00 a.m., NETA in Northampton will become one of the state’s first recreational pot shops.
“I think it’s great. It’s harmless to smoke marijuana,” said Northampton resident Jesse Stein.
NETA already operates as a medical marijuana dispensary on Conz Street, but it will be able to sell cannabis products to anyone over the age of 21, starting Tuesday.
The Cannabis Control Commission has created a point system to limit how much of which products you can purchase. Each adult-use transaction is limited to a total of one ounce of marijuana per visit, and it will be taxed at 20 percent.
“It’s a good thing. You know, it brings revenue in, taxes and all that,” said Donald Thomas of Northampton.
NETA said they’re anticipating long lines when they open on Tuesday, and police officers will be on Conz Street for traffic enforcement and to ensure public safety.
There are roughly 30 parking spots at NETA, but the dispensary said there will be police there on Tuesday to help with parking and traffic enforcement.
People in Northampton said that they are expecting Tuesday to be a busy day in town.
“I think it will bring some people in,” said Ciara Lawrence of Northampton. “Whatever that may be, we will get used to it and it will be fine.”
The dispensary said medical patients will still have a separate section, so they shouldn’t be affected by the influx of customers.
Another dispensary in Leicester will also begin selling recreational marijuana on Tuesday.
These will be the first two recreational pot shops to open east of Colorado.