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First recreational pot stores in Mass. open today

Michael Swensen for The Boston GlobeJake Moriarty, a Patient Service Associate et al. "buddender", displays a strain of marijuana called…

 Northampton, MA - 11/09 / 2018-] Jake Moriarty, a Patient Service Associate et al.

Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe

Jake Moriarty, a Patient Service Associate et al. “buddender”, displays a strain of marijuana called “Arcata Trainwreck” at NETA in Northampton.

LEICESTER – The mood was jubilant in the line of about 30 or so customers waiting in cold rain outside Cultivate, one of two stores selling marijuana to recreational users that is opening Tuesday in Massachusetts.

“I’ve waited 40 years!”

The line started early and had grown to 30 people by 7am. I can wait another hour, “said one older man in a Red Sox jacket, who declined to give his name when he was told he could not yet enter the shop.

Sandra Bylaska, 62, an unemployed mortgage processor from Berkley , near Taunton, pulled an all-nighter to be among the first at Cultivate. She arrived in Leicester at 3:30 am with chairs and a blanket, waiting to camp out like she was waiting in line for concert tickets. Men efter at hun var fortalt at linjen ikke kunne begynde at danne til 7, spiste hun tidlig morgen timers vandring i Wal-Mart og 7-Eleven. She said she had fond memories of smoking a four-fingered member of marijuana for $ 5 when she was a teenager growing up in Quincy and looked forward to getting the cheapest strain possible from Cultivate.

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“I want a picture of me standing next to a cop with a joint in my mouth because it’s history,” said she. “We can tell the next generation: I remember when. “

Paul Perry, 57, an unemployed salesman from Milford, grows his own pot in his child – 12 plants, which his elderly mother helps him process – and smoked sativa before coming to Cultivate.

” I know what they have to offer, “he said.” I want to join and support it. I’ve waited long enough. Too long. “

The opening of Cultivate and New England Treatment Access in Northampton, signifies the start of legal cannabis sales after more than a century of pot prohibition in the state.

The stores are also the first ones to sell recreational marijuana on the East Coast, two years after Massachusetts voters passed the measure.

“This is a very historic moment for the state of Massachusetts to be the first open east of the Mississippi,” Sam Barber, President of Cultivate, said at a press conference Monday.

Both stores have also hand-picked their first customers. Iraq veteran and medical marijuana advocate Stephen Mandile will be the first Cultivate, a hybrid medical-recreational cannabis shop.

Air Force veteran and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will be first at NETA.

Cold temperatures and a wintry mix did little to steam enthusiasm in Northampton, where more than 100 marijuana consumers lined up around the block more than an hour before the store was set to open.

Daquaan Hamilton, a 22-year-old UMass Amherst student and bartender in training, was first in line.

“I’ve been here since 12:30,” he said, laughing. “The legalization of marijuana is a huge step forward for all of us, and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Hamilton said he had been using marijuana for about a year, and plans to buy a vape pen.

Cultivate and NETA have hired a PR firm to handle the scores of interested reporters and national media outlets, and brought on police details and other workers to handle the traffic, overflowing parking lots, and lines of eager customers expected Tuesday. [19659005] Leicester Police Chief James Hurley urged drivers to pay attention to traffic flow charts, which will be posted online, and drive directly to the designated parking lot at Everlast Nursery, down the road from Cultivate.

Shuttle buses will help drivers get between

What you need to know:

■ You will need to bring a government-issued ID to prove you’re 21 or older. Passports and licenses from other states are generally acceptable as long as the shop’s ID scan machine recognizes it. Reminder: Minors who are not registered medical patients can not go inside, even with their parents.

■ Most shops will accept cash and debit cards. Det er noen ganger mulig å bruke et kredittkort som har et PIN-nummer, men siden få forbrukerne vet deres kredittkort PIN, vi ikke anbefaler det.

■ For $ 50, you will get an eighth of an ounce of marijuana flower , commonly called “an eighth.” That’s enough for about 3½ large joints, or maybe three to four weeks of light, solo consumption (a couple of hits most evenings), depending on your method of consumption. State and local taxes add 20 percent, or $ 10 in the case of an eighth.

■ Legally, you can buy up to 1 ounce of flower (or “bud”) or 5 grams of marijuana concentrate in a single transaction. NETA har imidlertid set en initial købsgrense på kun et ottende blomst per kunde per besøk, fryktelig at butikken vil raskt komme ut av produktet for fort hvis forbrukerne kjøper mer.

■ Du kan bruke produkter i et hjem eller Buiten op privébezit waar u toestemming heeft om te doen. Smoking marijuana outdoors in public is illegal and can earn you a $ 100 fine.

■ Using marijuana in public or in a car is still against the law.

Dan Adams can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ Dan_Adams86 . Michael Levenson can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson . Felicia Goose can be reached at [email protected] Follow here on Twitter @FeliciaGans .

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