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First recreational pot shops open on East Coast

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/20/18, 11:28 am

The first commercial marijuana stores in the eastern United States opened Tuesday morning in Massachusetts, more than two years after the state voted to legalize recreational pot. Just two shops opened their doors—one in the central Massachusetts town of Leicester and another in the small western city of Northampton—the first ones approved by state regulators to sell marijuana flowers, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, and edibles to adults 21 and older.

Massachusetts regulators have been slow to approve marijuana shops, saying they want to ensure safety and avoid supply issues. Several more stores could open in the coming months. Recreational pot is legally sold in six Western states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

See WORLD Magazine’s recent five-part series on the legalization of marijuana.

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Kiley Crossland

Kiley is a former WORLD correspondent.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 11/20/2018 04:25 pm

    Sorry to those who support it, but I am totally against legalization of pot or any other “recreational” drug. Bad enough alcohol is widely used. But I doubt there would be any use in trying Prohibition again.  

    I understand a report has just come out that traffic accidents have increased in Colorado since they legalized marijuana, but have not yet looked up and read it  

    This won’t in any way help make America great again!