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Take a look inside one of Massachusetts’ first recreational marijuana shops

Cultivate is set to be one of the first shops to start selling recreational marijuana.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

The Massachusetts marijuana industry is about to get its first recreational shop, and the opening could be just days away.

Cultivate Holdings in Leicester, which operates as a medical marijuana dispensary, will likely be one of the first to begin selling recreational marijuana. The company is one of the first two retail stores that has been awarded a final license from the state. The other medical marijuana dispensary expected to open for recreational sales is New England Treatment Access in Northampton.

Now that the state Cannabis Control Commission has issued “commence full operations” notices to two licensed cannabis testing laboratories, store owners are waiting for the commission to issue the same notice to them.


The Globe got a peek inside Cultivate and took a closer look at some of the products the company currently sells to medical marijuana patients.

Cultivate has a welcome desk for customers.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
This is Double Dutch Soda medical marijuana.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Pictured are some of the medical marijuana delivery systems for sale at Cultivate.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Pictured is some of the medical marijuana for sale at Cultivate.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Cultivate sells a medical marijuana spiced powder.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
The chocolate chip cookie, pictured here, is one of the edible medical marijuana offerings at Cultivate.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Cultivate also sells granola bites as an option for edible medical marijuana.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff
Pictured here is "gummie" medical marijuana, also sold at Cultivate.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Customers look at a menu at Cultivate.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Employees, Nick Jarrin, left, and Kaylee Castell check out a customer buying medical marijuana at Cultivate.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.