Recreational pot shops to open soon in Berkshire County

Two retail marijuana shops have been cleared to open in Berkshire County.

Since adult-use marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, NETA in Northampton and INSA in Easthampton have been the only recreational marijuana shops in western Massachusetts, but that’s about to change.

Temescal Wellness in Pittsfield and Theory Wellness in Great Barrington are the latest marijuana shops cleared by the Cannabis Control Commission for recreational sales.

Theory can begin selling non-medical marijuana on Friday. Temescal can start on Saturday. These will be western Massachusetts third and fourth recreational pot shops, and the first outside Hampshire County.

The two recreational marijuana stores to open in the Berkshires would mark the seventh and eighth marijuana shops to open in Massachusetts. INSA CEO Mark Zatyrka told 22News that competition in Western Massachusetts could be a good thing.

“I think people are seeing we’re not the bad guys out here that are going to be ruining the community,” Zatyrka said. “As more shops open up and we continue to prove we’re good business partners to the community I think that’s for the best for everybody.”

NETA in Northampton declined to talk to 22News for this report. Despite the marijuana shops opening in Berkshire County, Zatyrka said he expects customers from that area to still come to Easthampton.

“Many folks from the Berkshires have been coming out his way. I think they still will I think people like options, they like going to different places and make their rounds to see the different locations that are available,” Zatyrka said.

He said a community meeting will be held in about two to three weeks to talk about adult use cannabis sales at INSA’s Springfield location.

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