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.
- What business owners have learned in their first year.
- Have officials’ concerns come to pass?
- What products have flown off the shelves, and what new ones are coming?
- How much have we spent on marijuana in the past year?
- One of the state’s very first customers talks about what’s come since.
- Has Massachusetts become a pot travel destination?
- When will Boston finally see its first dispensary — or two?
- A look at what new regulations will mean for the burgeoning industry in Boston.
- What will next year — and beyond — have in store?
- A running list of recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts — and those soon to open
- Map that shows locations of all the dispensaries in the state
- A look back: Photos from opening day, Nov. 20, 2018