Around the same time, Air Force veteran and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will be make the first recreational marijuana purchase at NETA.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — The Bay State will make history Tuesday with the launch of the first recreational marijuana stores on the East Coast — more than two years after voters decided to legalize non-medical cannabis.
Britte McBride, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, told NBC News that while the industry would be expanding, the state required a multi-step application process which included stringent background checks and inspections to ensure new business would be compliant with the law.
Medical marijuana facilities Cultivate Holdings, in Leicester, and New England Treatment Access (NETA), in Northampton, will open their doors at 8 a.m. to kick off the state's first legal recreational marijuana sales to people over the age of 21.
Hoffman said Massachusetts "benefited enormously" from the lessons learned by the states who legalized recreational marijuana before, but that all states were different in demographics and laws.
Stephen Mandile, an Army veteran who served in Iraq — and medical marijuana advocate — will be the first to buy cannabis at the second store, Cultivate Holdings, in Leicester, on Tuesday morning, according to the Boston Globe.
Nevada joins seven other states allowing recreational marijuana use and becomes the first of four states that voted to legalize recreational sales in November's election to allow dispensaries to sell cannabis for recreational use to anyone over 21.
"As a supporter, long-time supporter, both of legalization of medical marijuana and as a supporter of adult-use marijuana, I think it sends an important message that I'd be the first person to make that purchase," Narkewicz said at a press conference at NETA.
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