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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.

Picturesque Pot

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.

Rocky Road

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%.

Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.