Marijuana in Massachusetts: One year later

SPECIAL REPORT: Has the commonwealth’s recreational marijuana industry proven to be a boon or a bust — or something in between?

LEGAL POT SLIDER Leicester, MA, 11/19/2018 -- Iraq Veteran Stephen Mandile, of Uxbridge, hands his money to Cultivate President Sam Barber as he makes the first purchase at the opening of Cultivate, one of the state's first two pot shops. This the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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Iraq veteran Stephen Mandile, of Uxbridge, hands his money to Cultivate President Sam Barber as he makes the first recreational purchase at the dispensary, Nov. 20, 2018. –Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

It was a year ago — Nov. 20, 2018, to be exact — that legal recreational marijuana first reared its head in Massachusetts, to the delight of some, and the chagrin of others. The broad smiles on the faces of the hundreds of customers who lined up early that day were clear evidence that some felt it was a long time coming, but others — notably law enforcement and public health officials — had serious concerns about where legalization might lead.

So with a year under its belt, has the commonwealth’s recreational marijuana industry proven to be a boon or a bust — or something in between? This week, Boston.com takes a look at how Massachusetts has adapted to legalization, which developments were unexpected, and what the future holds for the industry. Scroll down to links to all of the coverage; it’s everything you wanted to know about marijuana in Massachusetts but were afraid to ask. 

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