It was an extremely busy first day of recreational cannabis sales at NETA in Northampton. They said their customers numbered in the thousands.
NETA closed at 10 p.m., and they were busy all day long. with waits well over two hours at times.
NETA sent 22News this statement after their first business day:
When NETA Northampton closes its doors this evening at 10 p.m., it is expected about 2,000 customers will have bought cannabis products from us today, November 20. Our doors will open again on Wednesday, November 21 at 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
From just after midnight, until long after sunset, people from across New England lined up for NETA’s first day of recreational marijuana sales.
“I came from Rhode Island,” said Daniel. “Almost two hours. I wanted to see what everything was about. I heard on the news that they were legalized, and I wanted to check it out.”
Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, NETA employees said the wait was two to two and a half hours and encouraged the use of the online ordering tool.
NETA is one of only two shops approved to sell recreational marijuana and the only one in western Massachusetts, but within the next few weeks, INSA is set to begin adult-use sales in Easthampton.
The Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday approved INSA’s application for recreational sales, cultivation, and manufacturing. All that remains is one more inspection from the CCC.
“We have an opening plan that our security team has been working with, we’ve been working with the local police as well,” said Mark Zatyrka, CEO of INSA. “I think it’ll be nice that when we open in hopefully a couple weeks it won’t be as chaotic, we won’t see the huge lines that the two operations now are seeing.”
INSA has ample parking and an extra lot across the street. Their medical customers will be served in a separate line, and have the option of prescription delivery, or pick up at their medical dispensary in Springfield.
They’re expecting lines and increased traffic in Northampton for at least the next few days.