NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Hundreds of people swarmed New England Treatment Access Store Tuesday morning as Massachusetts became the first state on the east coast to legalize the sale of leisure marijuana.
The store is one of two in the state that sells recreational marijuana and gives a glimpse of what New York can experience if it transcends legislation that legalizes recreational marijuana use.
The line to buy the fabric stretched for more than two and a half hours. The atmosphere was calm and calm, resembling an amount waiting to get into a midnight movie that shows. Retailers brought ponchos, coffee and snacks to help the audience to ward off cold and rain while they waited.
Northhampton Mayor David Narkewicz made the first purchase, a dark chocolate bar at $ 20 at 8.00
Customers were allowed in a handful at a time, and their identification was checked twice, once at the entrance and left at the counter.
Then they were free to read a catalog describing the store's products. The store sells flowers, or marijuana to smoking, vape pens, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, lotions, oils, as well as edible.
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Michelle Kelly drove with a friend from a city north of Boston, got into the store right after 10 o'clock. She bought two different strains of smoky marijuana and one chocolate bar.
"I'm looking forward to the whole week," she said. "This is cool. It's expensive, but"
New England Access Treatment has been in Northampton since 2015 when it began selling medical marijuana. It will still sell medical marijuana as well as recreational products.
Under state law, adults over the age of 21 may legally have up to a ounce marijuana product. It is still illegal to smoke in public, smoke and drive or sell marijuana without government license.
It is expected that the New York state will address the issue of legalization of recreational marijuana next year. Gov. Andrew Cuom's administration issued a report earlier this year, and recommended the legalization of recreational use.