‘Want my spot?’: Man in pot line cashes in 

  • Michael Murphy, 29, of Greenfield, sells his spot in line at New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/ANDY CASTILLO

  • Michael Murphy, 29, of Greenfield, above and below, sells his spot in line at New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Thursday. STAFF PHOTOS/ANDY CASTILLO

  • Michael Murphy, 29, of Greenfield, sells his spot in line at New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/ANDY CASTILLO

  • Michael Murphy, 29, of Greenfield, sells his spot in line at New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/ANDY CASTILLO

  • Michael Murphy, 29, of Greenfield, sells his spot in line at New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/ANDY CASTILLO

  • Customers wait in line at New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/ANDY CASTILLO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/20/2018 11:19:13 PM

NORTHAMPTON — It wasn’t that long ago that Michael Murphy saw a video online of someone in New York City standing in a long line at a shoe-release event, selling his spot to the highest bidder.

“I just thought it was inspiring,” the 29-year-old Greenfield resident said. 

On Thursday, Murphy was standing in Northampton’s most popular line: the two-hour queue to get into one of the only three recreational marijuana stores on the East Coast, New England Treatment Access, or NETA.

“Want my spot?” read the sign hanging from his shoulders. “Just $20.”

It was day five of Murphy’s well-planned endeavor — complete with business cards made of cardboard and tape — and he said he had already made 15 sales, ranging from $5 to $20. And with the holidays approaching, Murphy’s business plan is likely to get more lucrative as last-minute shoppers pull up to the lines that continue to snake around NETA’s parking lot weeks after the store opened.

“The closer I get, the more it is,” he said, showing how he can easily adjust the price on the front of his sign as he moves forward in the line.

Murphy said he has had a wide variety of customers: the elderly, those with disabilities, out-of-state visitors and people in a rush.

On Saturday, INSA in Easthampton plans to open, joining NETA as the only two recreational marijuana dispensaries operating in western Massachusetts. 

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.


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