NETA to begin recreational marijuana sales on Tuesday

  • The exterior of New England Treatment Access, or NETA, in Northampton. File photo

Staff Writer
Published: 11/16/2018 5:23:27 PM

NORTHAMPTON — New England Treatment Access has received approval to begin selling recreational marijuana, and its owners say the Conz Street shop will open Tuesday morning. 

In a statement Friday, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission announced that it had authorized NETA, as well as Cultivate Holdings, LLC in Leicester to begin selling marijuana products “in three calendar days.”

Amanda Rositano, NETA’s director of operational compliance, said at a press event Friday night that the shop is “beyond thrilled to be a part of this historic moment when NETA Northampton finally gets to open its doors to adults over 21 to provide safe, legal and regulated cannabis to the people of Massachusetts.”

Rositano said that with the introduction of recreational sales, NETA’s medical marijuana patients will remain the shop’s “number one, top priority.”

Patients will have a separate line to bypass the anticipated crowds, as well as their own inventory reserve and access to the same number of service stations.

Rositano added that the shop will work closely with local officials to manage anticipated crowds, and has also been preparing for several months to increase staffing and inventory to meet customer demand.

The announcement from the Cannabis Control Commission encouraged prospective customers to “know the law and consume responsibly.”  

“This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state,” Cannabis Control Commission chairman Steven J. Hoffman  said in a statement. “To get  here, licensees underwent thorough background checks, passed multiple inspections and had their products tested, all to ensure public health and safety as this new industry gets  up and running.”

“As patrons look forward to visiting Massachusetts stores, we hope they will do their part by first      familiarizing themselves with the law and understanding what is required of responsible consumers,” he continued.

Rositano also stressed that NETA will work to educate customers on marijuana usage, adding that the shop encourages people to start “low and slow” with dosages.

Rositano told the Gazette that she believes the shop received early approval for selling recreational cannabis due to its experience and preparation.

“Our commitment to doing this right, I think, has been apparent with the state,” she said. “I think part of it is just us being ready for this for a long time, so I think it’s logical we ended up being first.”

Mike Lazar, a patient advocate at Cultivate, confirmed that the store will begin selling recreational marijuana on Tuesday, adding that he believes it will operate during its normal business hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NETA’s hours on opening day will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to the shop.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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