Who doesn’t love a visit to the East Coast? With picturesque colonial-style mansion, beautiful ocean views, and a crisp Mediterranean climate, this long line of states offers a lot of fun activities and amazing sightseeing opportunities for everyone. However, this area of the country holds a particularly significant role in the cannabis community. Recently, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine officially legalized recreational cannabis, and big players like New York are also starting to sway in favor of the plant. Now, after years of waiting, the charming state of Massachusetts will soon be the home of the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana store on this side of the Rockies. So what can we expect from this new tourist attraction? What impact will it have on the United States? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Nestled in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, NETA (a dispensary based in Northampton) will open its doors to the public in a matter of days to provide recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. Overall, NETA’s marijuana products range from pre-rolled joints to pot-infused edibles, cooking oils, and topicals (creams and lotions). Meanwhile, around the same time NETA opens, another cannabis store in Leicester could also open its doors as other dispensaries await the completion of licensure. Still, residents of Massachusetts are pleased as punch, especially given the fact they’ve had to wait for two years.
Ultimately, this decision to open NETA stemmed from major industry players’ goals to open marijuana dispensaries in locations beyond the Pacific Coast (which is teeming with pot sales at this time). Meanwhile, industry leaders have predicted that Massachusetts will earn a $1.8 million in sales and an annual state salary of $5 billion.
Nevertheless, the fight for pot legalization in Massachusetts has been a rough road. Initially, the opening date of June 1, 2019 was pushed forward to July 1, 2018, but not stores had opened yet. Still, residents of Northampton voiced overwhelming support for the drug by a vote of 73% (in favor), contrasting with the total Massachusetts approval vote of 54%.
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