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Regulators Issue Green Light for Recreational Sales at Salem, Mass. Marijuana Shop

Alternative Therapies Group, Inc. officials and city leaders say they've agreed to make recreational sales appointment-only for the time being



    Planning for Pot in Salem, Massachusetts

    Eli Rosenberg reports from Salem, where the third recreational pot shop in Massachusetts is set to open this weekend.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018)

    Massachusetts' marijuana regulators have issued a notice allowing for a third dispensary to open up in the Bay State, weeks after the first two shops opened.

    Alternative Therapies Group, Inc. (ATG) in Salem has been given the green light to open its doors for retail operations starting Saturday, the Cannabis Control Commission said.

    The Grove Street shop will become the third retailer to open its doors, following the lead of Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton just before Thanksgiving.

    Salem police tell NBC10 Boston that after a meeting with ATG and city leaders Tuesday morning, recreational sales will be by appointment only, and the shop will not take walk-ins.

    Salem Pot Shop to Open This Weekend

    [NECN] Salem Pot Shop to Open This Weekend

    Massachusetts' third marijuana dispensary will open in Salem this weekend. The city will limit sales to customers who make reservations ahead of time.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018)

    Those who wish to go to the shop will have to go online to make an appointment and then show up on time; however, this measure is only in place until the hype has died down, according to officials. Security will check customers' IDs and reservation.

    Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and there will also be a shuttle service from the train station to the store.

    ATG has been in operation since 2015 as the state's first medical marijuana dispensary.

    Founder Christopher Edwards said ATG has been preparing for recreational sales this year by scaling up production and hiring more staff.

    Massachusetts approved of allowing recreational marijuana sales back in 2016.

    Tax revenue projections from recreational marijuana sales could top out at $80 million this year alone, according to the state's Department of Revenue. However, locals have complained about traffic congestion caused by crowds eager to legally purchase marijuana.

    Salem Preparing for Retail Marijuana

    [NECN] Salem Preparing for Retail Marijuana

    Leaders in Salem are preparing to become the next Massachusetts community with a retail marijuana shop. Alternative Therapies Group received its final license this month and is expected to open soon. Ahead of the opening, there are some big concerns about traffic and whether or not it will add to an already congested area.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018)

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