By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Nov. 16, 2018, to begin selling to recreational customers in week, making them the first commercial dispensaries in the eastern United States.
Both stores — New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate Holdings in Leicester — said they would open the morning of Nov. 20, 2018, after the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana regulatory agency, authorized them to begin operations in three calendar days.
The announcement ends a long wait for commercial cannabis sales to begin in Massachusetts. The state’s voters legalized the use of recreational marijuana by adults 21 and older in 2016, but it’s taken more than two years for state legislators and regulators to reach the point where the first stores can finally open.
The target date for retail sales had been July 1, 2018.
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