What to know about this week’s opening of the first recreational marijuana shop in the MetroWest area

After a monthlong delay, the Hudson store plans to open Wednesday.

Mary Starsja, left, makes her first purchase from Megan Wendling-Kane on opening day for recreational marijuana sales at Temescal Wellness, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Pittsfield, Mass. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Mary Starsja, left, makes her first purchase from Megan Wendling-Kane on opening day for recreational marijuana sales last month at Temescal Wellness's dispensary in Pittsfield. –Stephanie Zollshan / The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

More than a month after it received final approval from state officials, Temescal Wellness will begin adult-use marijuana sales at its location in Hudson this week.

The dispensary announced plans to open Wednesday morning, making Temescal the first company in Massachusetts with two operating recreational marijuana stores. Temescal began adult-use sales at its Pittsfield location last month.

Located right off of I-495, the Hudson dispensary is the first adult-use pot shop in the MetroWest region and the ninth to open in the entire Bay State. It’s just the second recreational dispensary to open within an hour’s drive of Boston.

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The 252 Coolidge St. store was authorized by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission to begin adult-use sales on Jan 9. However, Hudson police sent out an unusual press release at the time asserting that Temescal had “not yet been authorized to open by local officials” and needed to submit a traffic plan to deal with the anticipated crush of customers.

Temescal said at the time that it was working to coordinate with police and expected to have an opening plan finalized within days. However, weeks passed and company officials were unable to offer any updates.

But now, it seems both sides have figured things out. On Monday, Temescal announced that the company’s staff had worked with local officials on a plan for “a smooth and hassle-free opening” Wednesday.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Recreational marijuana customers will be required to park remotely about two miles away at 62 Packard St., where the dispensary will have a free shuttle, 100 parking spaces, a tent for people waiting, and portable toilets. Street parking in the area will be prohibited, and Temescal’s on-site lot will remain reserved for medical patients and handicapped parking. Customers will be allowed to enter the satellite parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to — at the latest — 6:30 p.m.

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The company is stressing that no walk-up customers will be allowed in for adult-use sales. To get into the Coolidge Street dispensary, customers will have to show a confirmation ticket given to them at the Packard Street parking lot.

According to Massachusetts state law, customers have to be at least 21 years old to enter any retail cannabis facility and can legally buy up to 1 ounce of flower or 5 grams of concentrate. However, most of the dispensaries in the Bay State’s fledgling adult-use market have imposed additional purchase limits to deal with early demand.

Temescal says adult-use customers at its Hudson store will be able to purchase up to one-eighth ounce of flower, two pre-rolled joints, and one vape pen or cartridge. The store’s recreational menu will also include “a variety of concentrates.” Temescal website also advertises a THC-infused lemon drink powder mix.

The Hudson store primarily accepts cash, but customers will also be able to pay with debit cards using the dispensary’s cashless ATM or with the cannabis payment app CanPay.

In addition to its Hudson and Pittsfield stores, Temescal has also applied to begin selling recreational marijuana at its medical dispensary in Framingham, which opened this past September.