NETA is now open for recreational pot sales in Northampton

Hampshire County

Two years after Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, customer lined up to buy legal pot on Tuesday in Northampton.

Massachusetts’ made history on Tuesday, as the first two recreational pot shops east of the Mississippi opened for business.

Sales began at 8 a.m. and for the first time, Massachusetts adults could walk into a recreational marijuana dispensary, look at a menu and order pot.

To mark the moment, Mayor David Narkewicz made the first purchase.

Under state law, recreational users can only purchase an ounce of marijuana flower or five grams of concentrate per transaction. But there’s no law limiting the number of transactions, with conditions.

“It wouldn’t be ok for someone to come and purchase an ounce and come back that same day and purchase another ounce unless they’ve gone home, stored in a safe place, locked it up,” said Amanda Rositano, NETA’s director of compliance.

Neta doubled their inventory to handle the influx of first-day customers. Northampton businesses and police did the same.

“Fully ready for the crowds to come to Northampton,” said Erica Cole, manager of Shop Therapy. “All of our vaporizers are in stock.”

Pot is legal, but driving under the influence is still against the law.

“We have three drug recognition experts here, who are trained, so they’ll certainly be out there enforcing any of these types of violations,” Captain John Cartledge of the Northampton Police Department told 22News.

Under state law, you can have up to 1 ounce of marijuana in your personal; possession, and up to 10 ounces in your home.

Pot is legal in Massachusetts, but driving across states lines where the drug is still illegal.

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