RISE Amherst to start selling recreational marijuana on Mother’s Day

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – RISE Amherst will be the town’s first store to offer recreational marijuana. 

The state Cannabis Control Commission recently gave the 2,500-square-foot-store at 169 Meadow Street the green light to sell pot for adult-use.

It has operated as a medical marijuana dispensary for the past year.

“The rollout took a little longer than anyone expected across the state but I think it’s a business that we welcome in Amherst and I’m excited to see how things turn out,” Amherst Director of Economic Development, Geoff Kravitz said.

The pot shop will open for recreation on Sunday.  

The five-year agreement requires the company to pay a community impact fee of three percent of its total annual sales in addition to tax payments.

Amherst Economic development Director, Geoff Kravitz told 22News this pot shop will be an economic boost for the town.

“Creating jobs and there is going to be tax revenue both from the sale of recreational marijuana as well as for the host community agreements,” Kravitz said.

According to the latest data from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, retail pot shops have sold more than $100 million worth of product since the first stores opened last November.

The first store to open in western Massachusetts was Neta in Northampton. 

RISE Amherst will be the sixth recreational pot shop to open in western Massachusetts.

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