MA recreational marijuana stores open Tuesday

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Recreational marijuana shops opened for the first time Tuesday in MA - and a mayor was the first in line at one of them.

Robert Golembeski, left, of Chepachet R.I., compares his driver license with that of another customer as they wait outside the Cultivate cannabis dispensary to purchase recreational marijuana on the first day of legal sales, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Leicester, Mass.

The state's first commercial pot shops opened Tuesday in Leicester and Northampton.

The two pot stores opened in the town of Leicester and the city of Northampton after MA voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.

Voters in Vermont and ME have also approved recreational marijuana use - the only other East Coast states to do so - but no shops have opened yet in those states.

Marijuana is already sold legally in six Western states but the long-awaited opening of recreational outlets in MA marks a major milestone for the industry in the U.S. Canada began legal sales last month as well.

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A veteran was the first customer in each shop - Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz at NETA and Stephen Mandile at Cultivate.

Now that the two stores are open, the Cannabis Control Commission will continue to process license applications for more stores.

Like Massachusetts, Mainers legalized recreational marijuana in 2016.

However possessing, selling or using marijuana is still illegal under federal law, opening up users to hazy legal ground, particularly if they are caught traveling with it over state lines, which is a federal offense.

Turning to news cameras, he said, "I'm proud that Northampton is playing a role in this historic day, ending some 80 years of prohibition here in the commonwealth of MA and moving into a new modern era where we have safe, tested, well-regulated, adult-use marijuana". Up to 10 ounces of marijuana is permitted within the home.

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