Second recreational pot shop coming to Hampshire County in few weeks

Hampshire County

Hampshire County is getting ready for its second recreational pot shop to open in a matter of weeks.

INSA CEO Mark Zatyrka told 22News his goal is to keep lines moving as quickly and safely as possible.

First NETA, now INSA.

Medical marijuana dispensary INSA in Easthampton is on schedule to become the third recreational pot shop open east of Colorado and the second to open in Hampshire County.

Easthampton City Planner Jeffrey Bagg told 22News that, as part of INSA’s permitting process they created an opening day plan that included the mayor’s office, police, and the DPW.

Bagg said INSA will be covering the cost of extra traffic details on opening day.

Zatyrka told 22News that ample parking surrounding the business and a trolley service will help mitigate traffic once INSA opens for adult use. Zatyrka couldn’t comment on the details of the trolley service but said it will help transport cannabis customers from surrounding communities.

“Our goal is to get people off Pleasant Street as quickly as possible, so we’re as least disruptive as possible to our neighboring community,” Zatyrka said.

One Pleasant Street resident, who declined to go on camera, said she’s worried about traffic problems, especially after the grand opening.

“I’m not too thrilled about it, some days it’s really hard for me to get even out of my driveway on Pleasant, so it’s going to be crazy for a while,” said Karli Doney of Easthampton. “Ultimately it’ll be good for the city because it brings new people and brings them to local businesses.”

Bagg said INSA also plans to hire additional security staff to patrol the building and monitor the lines outside on opening day.

Zatyrka said he plans to have INSA open for recreational sales in two to three weeks.

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