Updated 2:48 p.m.
The big day has finally arrived: Two years and two weeks after Massachusetts voters said they wanted to purchase recreational marijuana legally in the state, two stores are now open for anyone 21 and older.
New England Treatment Access, also known as NETA, in Northampton, and Cultivate in Leicester both opened their doors at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
A veteran was the first customer in each shop — Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz at NETA and Stephen Mandile at Cultivate.
Daqqan Hamilton, who lives in Northampton and works at a bar, was first in line. He told NEPR what was on his shopping list.
“I’m going to get a vape pen and some edibles,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to get some gummies, and maybe a chocolate, I think.”
Also waiting in line at NETA before sales began was Eric Liedberg of Montague, Massachusetts. He said he’s been waiting for this day since he was