Northampton mayor makes first recreational pot purchase in western Massachusetts

Hampshire County
David Narkewicz NETA

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz made the first purchase of recreational marijuana at NETA Tuesday morning. 

Narkewicz said he’s going to frame the chocolate bar he bought as a keepsake of this historic day for the city.

“Northampton is a destination city,” said Mayor Narkewicz. “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 opened its doors to the public for recreational marijuana sales at 8 a.m. NETA is located at 118 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060

Lines began forming as early as 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, and had looped around the entire parking lot by 7:30 a.m.

Adult-use transactions are limited to one ounce of marijuana per visit, and customers will pay a 20 percent tax on each purchase.

Massachusetts is the seventh state to allow adults 21-years-old and older to purchase marijuana for recreational use. 

Massachusetts voters chose to legalize recreational pot in 2016, but it took longer than expected to determine which stores would be able to sell adult-use marijuana. 

Retail sales of marijuana were expected to begin July 1 but were delayed until Tuesday. 

Another shop in Leicester also opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, making the shops the first ones to sell recreational marijuana East of Colorado. 

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