Slowly but surely, more marijuana dispensaries are sprouting up to begin recreational sales in Massachusetts.
Following the first legal adult-use sales in 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, with the rollout still in its early stages, dispensaries have had to take special measures to handle the crush of customers, such as imposing limits on individual sales (beyond the state’s one-ounce maximum) or re-routing visitors to satellite parking lots.
Here’s a list of the current dispensaries open in Massachusetts, the shops coming through the pipeline, and what you need to know before visiting.
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)
Location: 118 Conz St., Northampton
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to one-eighth ounce of flower and three mini pre-rolled joints
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.
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
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.
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
Verilife opened Friday, Dec. 21, for adult-use customers. The Wareham dispensary, which opened for medical sales in May, has on-site parking reserved for patients and those with handicap placards. Adult-use customers are required to park remotely at the Tremont Nail Factory parking lot a mile away from the store at 8 Elm St., where they will receive a ticket to enter and take a free shuttle to the dispensary. All transactions are currently cash only.
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
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.
Location: 394 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
Purchase limits: up to a half-ounce of flower and one pre-rolled joint (no additional limits on other products)
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: up to one-eighth ounce of flower, two 0.5-gram pre rolled joints, and one vape pen or cartridge (the dispensary also has concentrates)
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.
Location: 999 William S. Canning Blvd., Fall River
Hours (proposed): 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday
Purchase limits: None
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
Temescal’s dispensary in Hudson has also been cleared by the CCC to begin operations. However, Hudson police say the dispensary still has to submit a traffic plan before it’s allowed to open in the MetroWest town. Currently, the company has no opening date for store, but says it is slated for later this January.