Recreational pot sales may start this month in Massachusetts: Northampton dispensary preparing to open

The approval of two independent testing labs in Massachusetts this week heralds the start of recreational pot sales to the north, no later than Thanksgiving, one dispensary says.

“This isn’t going to get into next month,” says Norton Arbalaez, director of government affairs for New England Treatment Access, which has been planning to sell adult-use marijuana in Northampton, Mass., for more than two years. “We’re right at the precipice of this.”

Residents of Massachusetts and in its neighbors across New England have long awaited the first legal sales of recreational marijuana — something that gained traction in Connecticut this week with the election of Democrat Ned Lamont as governor. Lamont strongly favors legalization of recreational marijuana.

Massachusetts decided in December 2016 to make growing, possessing and

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