Northeast Alternatives sees hundreds of customers on opening days despite the weather

By: Amanda Pitts


FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – Bristol County’s first recreational pot shop drew hundreds of people on their first two days of business despite the less than perfect weather.

“We had a lot more efficiency than we thought we would. Got a lot of people through pretty quickly, and had a really positive response,” said Kyle Bishop, Chief Operating Officer. 

Northeast Alternatives in Fall River saw 700 people on their opening day Sunday, and customers were streaming in on day two.

“We just literally came in and out in maybe 10 minutes. It was the fastest.”

David Vinson traveled an hour from Somerville. He said he’s happy to make the trip to buy safe weed that his mom will approve of.

“She always thinks someone’s spiced it or put something in it, I’m like no… it’s medical… it’s legal. So it’s gonna give her a little more peace when I do it.”

That’s what everyone who visits the pot shop seems to agree on. That even though the store-bought marijuana is pricey, it’s worth it to know exactly where it comes from.

“I like this route rather than you know, going to see some shady guy on the street,” said Warren Smith of Central Falls.

Many still can’t believe recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts.

“It was always talked about, and it’s kinda like a dream… but to actually have it here it’s kinda surreal,” said Matt Cahill of Warwick.

Customers can walk right into the dispensary, and on weekends they’ll use their virtual line system, where people text a number to get an appointment.

Fall River Police and Tiverton Police said they have not received any complaints or made any arrests since the pot shop’s opening.

(c) WLNE-TV 2019