While they haven’t opened yet, the six dispensaries issued provisional retail licenses by the Cannabis Control Commission are waiting in the wings for final pieces of Massachusetts law to be upheld, including the licensing of an independent testing lab.
Other hold ups include the need for employee background checks and building and health inspections, and even though the projected date was missed months ago, Massachusetts is a lot closer to opening its shops now than it was before. So who are these new pot shops and what makes them unique?
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Verilife Pharmacann Dispensary gets its name from the Latin root word of “veri” or truth. It’ll be the Cape’s best bet for procuring recreational cannabis as it’s by far the closest location to the vacation hot spot. Their menu boasts a wide variety of topicals, edibles, flowers, pre-rolls, concentrates and vape cartridges, which come in sativa, indica, hybrid and with different THC to CBD ratios.
Triple M’s website optimistically and perhaps realistically projects to be open by fall. With locations in both Plymouth and Mashpee they are bound to do well. The dispensaries are locally owned and operated and their website offers helpful advice as to what to ingest for different kinds to relief or elevation.
NETA or New England Treatment Access in Brookline cultivates their own cannabis and offers a different kind of oil dispenser called D-Line, which reintroduces terpenes into the mix. D-Line gives you precise dabs, enhances joints or even melts right into your morning cup o’ joe. Their interactive menu lets you reserve products ahead of time, so you don’t risk missing out on a favorite.
INSA of Easthampton, currently craft medical marijuana dispensaries also in Easthampton and Springfield, sources, grows and dispenses cannabis in forms to fit unique needs as well. They state that they believe that better is just that, better and they strive to please patients and the community. Their current medical special is $200 ounces, let’s just hope those specials transfer over to the adult use market.
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Cultivate is a compassionate outfit that offers discounts to veterans, seniors and those with financial hardships. All of their flowers, edibles and extractions are grown or made on premises. You can pre-register as a patient on their website to beat the rush when these dispensaries finally open to the public.
Alternative Therapies Group in Amesbury was the first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts and now they will be among the first to open recreationally as soon as the stars align for patient imbibers 21 and over. Each dispensary has a unique component, but it’s likely going to come down to location, location, location as to where you go for the adult use cannabis that’s on its way.