A running list of recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts — and those soon to open

The state's pot shops are growing in number. Here's what you need to know before paying a visit.

Brookline-03/23/19  The New England Treatment Access opend as the first marijuana shop in greater Boston Saturday morning.  Employees(left) wait on customers(right) at the counter. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)
New England Treatment Access became the first Boston-area recreational marijuana shop when its Brookline location began adult-use sales in March. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Slowly but surely, more marijuana dispensaries are sprouting up to begin recreational sales in Massachusetts.

Following the first legal adult-use sales this past November, the Cannabis Control Commission has continued to approve new pot shops across the state on a rolling basis, so customers won’t always be forced to drive long distances or endure multi-hour waits to make a purchase.

However, in the early months of the state’s rollout, some dispensaries have had to take special measures to handle the influx of customers, such as imposing limits on individual sales (beyond the state’s one-ounce maximum) or re-routing visitors to satellite parking lots.

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Here’s a list of the 22 dispensaries currently open in Massachusetts, the shops coming through the pipeline, and what you need to know before visiting.

Now open

Cultivate

Location: 1764 Main St., Leicester
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: none
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Cultivate was one of the first two medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts — and the eastern half of the country — to begin selling the drug to all adults over 21 years old on Nov. 20. Due to the crush of interest, Cultivate customers must park about a mile away at Everlast Nursery (1894 Main St.) and take a free shuttle to the actual store. Cultivate’s on-site parking is reserved for medical marijuana patients and adult-use customers with handicap plates. The dispensary accepts cash and debit cards.

New England Treatment Access (or NETA) — Northampton

Location: 118 Conz St., Northampton
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: one ounce of flower or up to 10 pre-rolled joints
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NETA also made history as one of the first two Massachusetts recreational pot shops on Nov. 20. Located in downtown Northampton, the shop has on-site parking, as well as free customer lots at several neighboring businesses (more detailed parking advice can be viewed online here). NETA accepts cash, as well as any credit or debit card with a four-digit pin number.

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Alternative Therapies Group (or ATG)

Location: 50 Grove St., Salem
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to one-eighth ounce of flower and two vape cartridges
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After the CCC authorized ATG to commence retail operations, the Salem dispensary opened for recreational sales Saturday, Dec. 15. In the hopes of avoiding the long lines and traffic issues that plagued the previous two recreational pot shops (and given its proximity to the Boston area), ATG is requiring customers to make an appointment on their website before visiting until further notice. While the store intends to eventually allow walk-ins, customers without an appointment will be turned away at the door.

Additionally, ATG’s parking lot is reserved for medical patients and handicap parking for the foreseeable future. Officials are encouraging recreational customers to take the MBTA commuter rail to the nearby station, bike, walk, or park in the limited number of spaces down the road on Harmony Grove Street or at the Universal Steel lot at 297 Bridge St. ATG will be running a free shuttle throughout the day, looping between the commuter rail station, the Bridge Street lot, and the dispensary. More details about transportation to ATG can be found on their website.

Verilife

Location: 112 Main St., Wareham
Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to a half-ounce of flower and three additional items per transaction
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Verilife opened Friday, Dec. 21, for adult-use customers. The Wareham dispensary’s on-site parking is reserved for patients and those with handicap placards, while adult-use customers are allowed to park in designated areas along Main Street. All transactions are currently cash only, though the store does have an on-site ATM.

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Insa

Location: 122 Pleasant St., Easthampton
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to one-quarter ounce of flower, two pre-rolled joints of any size, and one additional product from each other menu category
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After receiving approval from the CCC to commence retail operations, Insa announced plans to begin recreational sales on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Easthampton dispensary, which is located at the rear of the Keystone Mill Building, has been open for medical-use customers since February. The store has designated parking near its entrance behind the mill building, as well as, off-site overflow parking with shuttle service. The store accepts cash, debit cards, and CanPay, a speciality mobile app for the cannabis industry.

Theory Wellness

Location: 394 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: none
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After receiving authorization to commence operations from state regulators, Theory Wellness began recreational sales at its southwestern Massachusetts medical dispensary on Friday, Jan. 11. CEO Brandon Pollock told The Boston Globe that the company focuses on producing small batches of high quality products, “similar to a craft brewery.” The Great Barrington location has on-site parking (as well as overflow parking behind the Great Barrington Brewery & Restaurant) and accepts cash and debit cards for recreational sales.

Theory also has a dispensary in Bridgewater, which it says will remain for medical sales.

Temescal Wellness — Pittsfield

Location: 10 Callahan Drive, Pittsfield
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
Purchase limits: none
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Temescal Wellness began recreational sales at its existing medical marijuana dispensary in Pittsfield on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The company will only be accepting cash for its opening week and has over 100 parking spots available on site and across the street at 1485 W. Housatonic St.

Temescal also has a medical marijuana dispensary in Framingham, which opened in September, as well as medical operations in New Hampshire and Maryland.

Northeast Alternatives

Location: 999 William S. Canning Blvd., Fall River
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday
Purchase limits: None
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The Fall River dispensary began recreational sales Sunday, Jan. 20. After initially requiring recreational marijuana customers to reserve their place in a “virtual line” — by either using the QLess mobile app or texting the letters “NEA” to (508) 687-5704 — Northeast Alternatives quickly began accepting walk-ins after opening, according to WPRI. However, Rich Rosier, the dispensary’s co-owner, told the outlet they may make the virtual queue mandatory on peak days.

Northeast Alternatives has imposed no additional limits on adult-use purchases, so customers can buy up to the state maximum of one ounce of flower or 5 grams of marijuana concentrate. Customers can pay in cash or use the dispensary’s cashless ATM to pay using a card.

Temescal Wellness — Hudson

Location: 252 Coolidge St., Hudson
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
Purchase limits: none
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After being delayed by local police, Temescal opened for recreational sales at its Hudson dispensary on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Recreational customers are required to park remotely about two miles away at 26 Houghton Court in Hudson and take a free shuttle bus to the store, which is located right off of Exit 26 on I-495. On-site parking remains designated for medical patients and handicapped parking only.

In addition to cash, customers can pay with their debit card using Temescal’s cashless ATM or with the CanPay app. The dispensary, which is the first MetroWest store to begin recreational sales, also has tents and portable bathrooms outside for customers waiting in line.

Sanctuary Medicinals

Location: 16 Pearson Blvd, Gardner
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
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The Gardner medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in November, began recreational sales on Wednesday, March 6.

However, in an attempt to minimize traffic disruptions, the company says adult-use customers will at least initially be required to make an online reservation. In order to enter the dispensary, they will be required to show a confirmation email (and valid ID proving they’re at least 21 years old) at the door. Registered medical patients can still visit the store without an appointment. Parking is on-site.

Sanctuary Medicinals’ website says it has plans to open shops in Boston, Brookline, Danvers, and Woburn.

Caroline’s Cannabis

Location: 640 Douglas St., Uxbridge
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
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After receiving a “commence operations” notice from the state, Caroline’s Cannabis opened Friday, March 15. According to owner Caroline Frankel, the store has about 50 parking spots on site and plans to shuttle customers from another remote lot. The Uxbridge dispensary will have limited hours during the first weeks of recreational sales; Frankel says they will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., before eventually ramping up hours to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store accepts cash and debit cards.

A self-described “mom and pop” pot shop, Caroline’s Cannabis became the first woman-owned business to get a retail marijuana license on Feb. 7 and is the first licensed store not owned by an existing medical marijuana dispensary. The shop also sells cannabis-related home decor and garden products. According to state documents, it plans to purchase marijuana to sell from licensed wholesalers in the state.

Patriot Care — Lowell

Location: 70 Industrial Ave. E, Lowell
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, Saturday to Sunday
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After receiving approval from the CCC, the Lowell medical marijuana began recreational sales at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Patriot Care’s website says it will have purchase limits based on product availability. The store’s parking lot will remain reserved for medical patients, so the company is asking adult-use customers to use one of its two satellite lots — located 190 Plain St. and 30 Industrial Ave. E — both of which will be served by a shuttle.

New England Treatment Access (or NETA) — Brookline

Location: 160 Washington St., Brookline
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday to Sunday
Purchase limits: one ounce of flower or up to 10 pre-rolled joints
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NETA’s second dispensary is became the first pot shop in the Boston-area to sell recreational marijuana Saturday morning, March 23.

The Washington Street store is located inside the former Brookline Bank building and is a short walk from stations on the MBTA Green Line’s D and E branches. The company is strongly encouraging customers to take public transportation due to limited parking options. NETA also has a “reserve ahead” online system for customer to place their orders before visiting the store. Like their Northampton shop, the Brookline dispensary accepts cash, debit cards, or credit cards with a pin number for adult-use purchases.

Patriot Care — Greenfield

Location: 7 Legion Ave., Greenfield
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
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The Greenfield medical marijuana dispensary began recreational sales Tuesday, April 2. The company’s website directs adult-use customers across the street from the store in a lot behind 46 Wells St., across from the entrance of Legion Avenue. Patriot Care’s website says it make have purchase limits based on product availability and accepts cash, debit, or CanPay.

Berkshire Roots

Location: 501 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, seven days a week (open for medical sales at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday)
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The Pittsfield medical marijuana dispensary began its adult-use program Saturday, April 6 — making Pittsfield the first town in Massachusetts to have two recreational marijuana stores. Temescal Wellness began adult sales in the Berkshires town on Jan. 15.

Berkshire Roots says it has on-site parking for recreational customers, along with reserved parking spots and a separate register for medical patients. The company currently accepts cash and debit cards for medical marijuana purchases, and has an ATM on site.

Berkshire Roots, which also has a cultivation facility at its Dalton Avenue property, also sells wholesale cannabis to other licensed dispensaries in Massachusetts.

Silver Therapeutics

Location: 238 Main St., Williamstown
Hours (proposed): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
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Located in the far northwest corner of the state, Silver Therapeutics opened for adult-use marijuana sales on April 24.  The dispensary has on-site parking and accepts cash and debit cards. The company is also hoping to sell adult-use cannabis at their cultivation facility in Orange.

Good Chemistry

Location: 9 Harrison St., Worcester
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., seven days a week
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Worcester’s first recreational pot shop opened on May 1. And after initially requiring customer to reserve an appointment, the dispensary is now allowing walk-ins for adult-use sales. However, during its initial opening period, the company sales adult-use sales will be limited to a half-ounce of flower, one joint, one concentrate, one cartridge, and one edible.

Good Chemistry’s on-site parking lot remains reserved for registered medical marijuana patients. For adult-use customers, the primary lot is located a short walk away at 91 Washington St. There are also several nearby metered public parking lots. The Worcester shop is cash-only, but has an on-site ATM.

The company also has recreational marijuana stores in Denver and Aurora, Colorado.

RISE

Location: 169 Meadow St., Amherst
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p..m. Sunday
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RISE Holdings opened for recreational sales at its Amherst shop on Mother’s Day, May 12. The Amherst dispensary is cash-only, but also has an ATM. Located on the rural, northwestern edge of the city, RISE also has on-site parking.

The dispensary is owned by Green Thumb Industries, a national marijuana company that also has operations in Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Garden Remedies — Newton

Location: 697 Washington St., Newton
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday
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Garden Remedies opened May 25, becoming Greater Boston’s second recreational maijuana store. However, the Newton store requires customers to make an appointment to visit. Located a short walk away from the Newtonville stop on the MBTA commuter rail’s Framingham/Worcester line, the dispensary is encouraging customers to take public transportation due to “limited” parking on Washington St. The store accepts cash or debit cards.

Garden Remedies also has a medical marijuana dispensary in Melrose and is planning to open a recreational/medical store in Marlborough. It has a cultivation facility in Fitchburg.

Garden Remedies — Marlborough

Location: 416 Boston Post Rd. E, Marlborough
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Located in a Route 20 strip mall, the Marlborough pot shop opened for to adult-use marijuana sales on June 9. The dispensary also plans to sell medical marijuana, but is still working through the state’s regulatory approval process.

In a press release, Garden Remedies said the Marlborough location has the “largest parking lot of any cannabis dispensary” in Massachusetts, so customers will “find ample parking immediately outside the dispensary, with no shuttle busses or complex processes.” And unlike their Newton store, appointments are not required.

The store accepts both cash and debit cards, and also has an ATM.

Mass Alternative Care

Location: 1247 East Main St., Chicopee
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday
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The Springfield-area dispensary, which began selling medical cannabis last August, began adult-use sales Friday, July 5. The Chicopee store currently only accepts cash, but has an on-site ATM. According to its menu, individual recreational purchases will initially be limited to a quarter-ounce of flower, three pre-rolled joints, and one product each from the vape cartridge, concentrate, and edible categories.

Mass Alternative Care also plans to open pot shops in Amherst and Lee later this year.

Canna Provisions

Location: 220 Housatonic St., Lee
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week

The Western Massachusetts dispensary opened Friday, July 5, after receiving the final go-ahead from the CCC.

Andy Katkin, the head of marketing for Canna Provisions, says the Lee store has “significant” on-site parking, but will also have overflow lots available at three businesses down the street (the Super 8 Hotel, Pilgrim Inn, and Berkshire Liquors). According to Katkin, the dispensary accepts cash, debit cards, and credit cards with a PIN number.

Canna Provisions is also planning to open an adult-use pot shop in Holyoke.

Opening soon

Gage Cannabis

Location: 38 Littleton Rd., Ayer
Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week

The Ayer dispensary received a final license from the CCC on June 13 and has been playfully advertising that it will be opening “soonish.” The company is owned by John Hillier, who also owns Central Ave Compassionate Care, a nearby medical marijuana dispensary in Ayer.