Jue. Oct 22nd, 2020

Slowly but surely, more marijuana dispensaries are sprouting up to begin recreational sales in Massachusetts.

Following the first legal adult-use sales in November, the Cannabis Control Commission has continued to approve new pot shops across the state on a rolling basis, so customers won’t always be forced to drive long distances or endure multi-hour waits to make a purchase.

However, with the rollout still in its early stages, dispensaries have had to take special measures to handle the crush of customers, such as imposing limits on individual sales (beyond the state’s one-ounce maximum) or re-routing visitors to satellite parking lots.

Here’s a list of the current dispensaries open in Massachusetts, the shops coming through the pipeline, and what you need to know before visiting.

Now open

Cultivate

Location: 1764 Main St., Leicester
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to one-eighth ounce of flower, two pre-rolled joints, and one edibles package
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Cultivate was one of the first two medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts — and the eastern half of the country — to begin selling the drug to all adults over 21 years old on Nov. 20. Due to the crush of interest, Cultivate customers must park about a mile away at Everlast Nursery (1894 Main St.) and take a free shuttle to the actual store. Cultivate’s on-site parking is reserved for medical marijuana patients and adult-use customers with handicap plates. The dispensary accepts cash and debit cards.

New England Treatment Access (or NETA)

Location: 118 Conz St., Northampton
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to one-eighth ounce of flower and three pre-rolled joints
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NETA also made history as one of the first two Massachusetts recreational pot shops on Nov. 20. Located in downtown Northampton, the shop has on-site parking, as well as free customer lots at several neighboring businesses (more detailed parking advice can be viewed online here). NETA accepts cash, as well as any credit or debit card with a four-digit pin number.

Alternative Therapies Group (or ATG)

Location: 50 Grove St., Salem
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to one-quarter ounce of flower
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After the CCC authorized ATG to commence retail operations, the Salem dispensary announced it would open for recreational sales Saturday, Dec. 15. In the hopes of avoiding the long lines and traffic issues that plagued the previous two recreational pot shops (and given its proximity to the Boston area), ATG is requiring customers to make an appointment on their website before visiting until further notice. While the store intends to eventually allow walk-ins, customers without an appointment will be turned away at the door.

Additionally, ATG’s parking lot will be reserved for medical patients and handicap parking for the foreseeable future. Officials are encouraging recreational customers to take the MBTA commuter rail to the nearby station, bike, walk, or park in the limited number of spaces down the road on Harmony Grove Street or at the Universal Steel lot at 297 Bridge St. ATG will be running a free shuttle throughout the day, looping between the commuter rail station, the Bridge Street lot, and the dispensary. More details about transportation to ATG can be found on their website.

Opening soon

Verilife

Location: 112 Main St., Wareham
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: none in addition to the one-ounce state limit
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Verilife plans to open Friday, Dec. 21, for adult-use customers. The Warham dispensary, which opened for medical sales in May, has on-site parking reserved for patients and those with handicap placards. Adult-use customers will be required to park remotely at the Water Wizz parking lot at 3031 Cranberry Highway and take a free shuttle to the dispensary. All transactions are currently cash only.

Insa

Location: 122 Pleasant St., Easthampton
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to one-eighth ounce of flower and one additional product from each other menu category
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After receiving approval from the CCC to commence retail operations, Insa announced plans to begin recreational sales on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Easthampton dispensary, which is located at the rear of the Keystone Mill Building, has been open for medical-use customers since February. The store has designated parking near its entrance behind the mill building, as well as, off-site overflow parking with shuttle service. The store accepts cash, debit cards, and CanPay, a speciality mobile app for the cannabis industry.

Northeast Alternatives

Location: 999 William S. Canning Blvd., Fall River
Hours (proposed): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
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After opening for medical marijuana patients this past June, the Fall River dispensary received its final retail license from the CCC on Dec. 13. Chris Harkins, the CEO of Northeast Alternatives, told The Herald News that while they do not yet have a firm opening date, the dispensary is “looking at opening our adult use sales in early January.”

Temescal Wellness — Hudson

Location: 252 Coolidge St., Hudson
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
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Temescal Wellness — Pittsfield

Location: 10 Callahan Drive, Pittsfield
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
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The CCC also gave Temescal Wellness final licenses to soon begin serving recreational customers at two of its three medical dispensaries. The company also opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Framingham in September, as well as medical operations in New Hampshire and Maryland.

Temescal Wellness says on its website that it hopes to begin adult-use sales at the Hudson and Pittsfield locations in the “upcoming weeks” and plans to release more information about potential purchase limits and parking plans. The company says it will accept payment for recreational purchases by cash or debit card.

Theory Wellness

Location: 394 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
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After also receiving a Dec. 13 final license from state regulators, Theory Wellness says it’s hoping to begin recreational sales at its southwestern Massachusetts medical dispensary “very soon.” CEO Brandon Pollock told The Berkshire Eagle that the Great Barrington location could be good to go in a matter of weeks. The company also has a dispensary in Bridgewater, which it says will remain for medical sales. For recreational customers in Great Barrington, Theory says it will accept cash, debit cards, and CanPay, and may impose additional purchase limits to deal with “extreme demand.”

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