Two local marijuana retailers very close to recreational pot sales

Hampshire County

NETA in Northampton has received final approval to sell recreational marijuana, and INSA in Easthampton is one of several retailers that have received a provisional license to sell recreational marijuana.

The Cannabis Control Commission has approved two labs to test recreational marijuana, a major step toward finally starting legal recreational marijuana sales in the state.

Two labs authorized to start testing marijuana for recreational pot shops

NETA received final approval at the beginning of October, but there were still some documents and inspections to take place.

INSA told 22News, once recreational sales begin, they’re expecting to see four or five times the number of customers as they serve in their medical marijuana dispensary.

The line for recreational sales will be separate, so medical customers won’t have to deal with the wait created by the volume of recreational buyers.

INSA’s CEO said they have a meeting scheduled with the Cannabis Control Commission on November 20th, and they hope to begin recreational sales a few weeks later. 

INSA CEO Mark Zatyrka told 22News, “Hopefully once we get our approval on the 20th, the CCC will come back out. They’ll make sure all of our employees are registered, they’ll make sure that we’re all set up with metric, which is the seed to sale operating system that we use to track all of our sales.”

The CEO said at this time they plan to leave “INSA Springfield” as medical marijuana dispensary only, so that medical customers can have the option to avoid the large crowds they’re anticipating for recreational sales.

A NETA spokesman told the Daily Hampshire Gazette in October that there are still some regulations the company has to go through, but they expect to start selling sometime this month.

INSA also began at-home delivery of medical marijuana last month, and CEO Mark Zatyrka said the state is also expected to start considering “home delivery” of recreational marijuana next year.

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