Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop opens
It's been almost four years since the State of Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana, and as of Monday its capital finally has a retail store within city limits.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — It’s been almost four years since the State of Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana, and as of Monday its capital finally has a retail store within city limits.
“I think Boston has been waiting a long time and they deserve to have that access,” said CEO of Northeast Alternatives in Fall River Chris Harkins. “And Boston has been a little slow.”
Harkins predicts this latest opening is just one of several over the next few years in the state.
“I would rather be consistent and steady and have a very good outcome, than rush and start approving facilities all over the City of Boston,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ahead of Monday’s opening. “I don’t think it took a long time.”
Harkins thinks we’ll likely see more than 100 shops in the next 18-24 months, eventually bringing equilibrium to the market.
“We still think the market is going to grow for quite a long time,” Harkins said. “So I think it’s all a good thing. The industry is just going to get more and more robust.”
Though they get customers from all over at Northeast Alternatives, Harkins doesn’t believe this most recent opening, nor a future opening in Bristol County will have too much effect on his business.
“I don’t think a Boston store or even an Attleboro store is really going to affect us,” said Harkins. “They’re too far away.”
In Bristol County, Attleboro’s first recreational marijuana shop, Nova Farms, is slated to open April 1st.