Live blog: The first 2 Massachusetts recreational marijuana dispensaries open

Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton are the first shops authorized to sell pot for recreational use in the state.

A humidity indicator rests in a bowl of a strain of cannabis called "Walker Kush" at New England Treatment Access in Northampton.

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Store officials said they were expecting ‘thousands‘ of customers. And they got them. (8:45 p.m.)

Cultivate stopped new customers from getting in line around 3 p.m., but not due to lack of supply. (5:02 p.m.)

Lines outside the dispensaries in Leicester and Northampton remained long during the afternoon. Cultivate is open until 8 p.m., while NETA will shut its doors at 10 p.m. (3 p.m.)

The wait time in Northampton is reportedly more than two hours, while in Leicester police are telling hopeful customers they have a three-hour wait ahead of them. (11:01 a.m.)


Cultivate saw more than 500 customers within the first two hours of sales. (10:35 a.m.) 

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz shared the receipt of his purchase, the first sale made at NETA, on Twitter. (10: 21 a.m.) 

Purchase of most of the edibles at Cultivate still require the customer to be a medical marijuana cardholder. (10:07 a.m.) 

Almost two hours into sales, the lines still stretched through the Cultivate parking lot. (9:55 a.m.)

Customers at the dispensaries noted the historic nature of being able to purchase marijuana legally for the first time. (9:45 a.m.)

Customers drove from as far away as New Jersey to visit the dispensaries. (9:21 a.m.) 

After an hour of sales, the line outside Cultivate has stretched through the parking lot to the road. (9:11 a.m.)

In Leicester, Cultivate has the required “consumer education” material on display. (8:56 a.m.) 

The line outside NETA was wrapped around the block after sales began. (8:35 a.m.)

One customer waiting in line outside the Northampton dispensary donned an apt costume for the historic day. (8:30 a.m.) 

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, the first customer at NETA, purchased a 50 mg chocolate bar, while Stephen Mandile, the first customer in Leicester, bought an eighth of “Jack Kerr” and a pre-rolled joint. (8:20 a.m.)

The first sales of recreational marijuana were made at both dispensaries. (8:02 a.m.)

People were let inside Cultivate before the official start of sales. (7:52 a.m.)

Staff members at NETA in Northampton prepared for the start of sales. (7:45 a.m.)

People have braved the sleet and cold to snag a spot in line outside the dispensaries in Leicester and Northampton. (7:25 a.m.)

It’s a day that has been years in the making.

The sale of recreational marijuana will begin Tuesday morning at two dispensaries in Massachusetts, more than two years after it was legalized for adults over the age of 21 by voters.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission gave authorization on Friday for Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton to begin recreational sales on Tuesday.

The businesses, both existing medical marijuana dispensaries, open at 8 a.m.

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