The long wait for recreational marijuana sales to begin in Massachusetts is almost over with the first commercial pot shops set to open on Tuesday.
It can hardly be termed a robust launch with only two stores opening initially, in Leicester and Northampton. But they can boast of being the first anywhere in the eastern United States as the commercial cannabis industry looks to expand its geographic base amid increasing public acceptance.
Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, but it’s taken more than two full years to reach this point.
Some things to know:
THE FIRST SALES
The first pot