First Recreational Pot Shop In Greater Boston Opens Saturday

Brookline Select Board Chairman Neil Wishinsky buys pot

Brookline Selectman Chair Neil Wishinsky becomes the first person to buy recreational weed in the Greater Boston area. (Atwater Studios)

By WBZ NewsRadio

BROOKLINE, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s the day that pot smokers have been waiting for.

Customers can now buy recreational marijuana in Brookline. New England Treatment Access (NETA) of Brookline opened their doors Saturday morning.

 

The store is located at 160 Washington St. in Brookline, and will be open seven-days a week.

The shop is the first 21+ cannabis dispensary to open up shop for recreational sales in the Greater Boston area.

 

“This is really a significant moment standing here today with our town officials with the police department,” NETA’s Amanda Rositano said. “Acknowledging that cannabis does indeed have a place in our society and through thoughtful regulation and responsible operators we can really being it out of the shadows and into the light.”

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NETA has been located in Brookline for nearly three years operating as medical marijuana dispensary.

Blunt Talk: Greater Boston's First Recreational Pot Shop A Bad Idea?
Blunt Talk: Greater Boston's First Recreational Pot Shop A Bad Idea?
"This is likely to be the start of a crowded and disruptive era for anyone in the general vicinity," says Brit Smith, host of WBZ's Blunt Talk podcast.

Brookline Town officials said that the town voters supported the legalization of adult use of cannabis by 60 percent.

“If you had asked me 10 years ago whether I would be up here as the chief elected official of a Massachusetts municipality to welcome the opening of a marijuana retailer, I would have said ‘you are crazy,’” Brookline Select Board Chairman Neil Wishinsky said. “Here we are and this is really a sign of how times have changed and that elections really have consequences…Brookline is proud to be the host community.”

 

The shop offers products like vape pens, chocolate bars, candy nuggets, inhalers, and capsules.

NETA has emphasized that patients are their first priority and they won’t have to wait in line with recreational customers.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

 

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