3rd Recreational Pot Shop Opens in Salem, Mass. - NBC10 Boston

3rd Recreational Pot Shop Opens in Salem, Mass.

The first buyer, Salem City Councillor Josh Turiel, handed over $107.60 moments after the store opened at 9 a.m.

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    Third Marijuana Retailer Opens in Massachusetts

    Additional stores approved to open in Hudson, Pittsfield, Great Barrington and Fall River.

    (Published Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018)

    Alternative Therapies Group, the first-in-the-state to open for medical marijuana sales, became the third store to open for recreational pot sales as hundreds of appointment-only customers stood outside the Grove Street shop on Saturday.

    The first buyer, Salem City Councillor Josh Turiel, handed over $107.60 moments after the store opened at 9 a.m.

    “A cartridge of Girl Scout Cookies Craft Reserve, and a pre-roll of chronic,” he said, reading the items on his receipt. “The pen and the cartridge are for one day when I get motivated to give it a try.”

    The customers, all of whom were required to make an appointment online, formed a line in the parking lot for nearly nine hours.

    Opening Day for Recreational Pot Shop in Salem

    [NECN] Opening Day for Recreational Pot Shop in Salem

    Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, Mass. opened for retail marijuana sales on Saturday.

    (Published Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018)

    “I just wanted to make a legal purchase of marijuana,” said Christopher Nelson, who was the first customer in line. “We bought I think it’s Captain’s Cake, a few of the flower, some oils and a pen.”

    There were no traffic issues throughout the day. Many of the customers were brought from a nearby train station to the store in shuttles.

    In November, two stores — Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton — became the first shops to open for recreational marijuana sales.


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