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A look at how long wait times are in the lines outside the two recreational pot shops in Massachusetts

Hundreds of customers hoping to purchase marijuana on the first day of recreational sales in Massachusetts were waiting for hours in long lines Tuesday, despite the cold temperatures and rainy, overcast weather.

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Supply at Cultivate in Leicester remained strong throughout the day, though the dispensary stopped letting customers join the line at about 5:30 p.m. to make sure everyone could get through before they close at 8 p.m.

At the New England Treatment Access shop in Northampton, the wait time as of 3 p.m. was about one hour — much shorter than two-and-a-half-hour wait time around 11 a.m.

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NETA officials said they expect a line all day long and another rush after work hours, but they warned that people who show up around 8:30 p.m. might not get to the front of the line before the store closes at 10 p.m.

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Nothing was out of stock at NETA as of around 3 p.m., officials said.

At Cultivate, so many hopeful customers flocked to the new shop that there were two different lines: one to get into the parking lot, and then the actual line outside the store.

Leicester, MA, 11/20/2018 -- John Egan, of Winchendon waits for the shuttle to bring him back to the parking lot after purchasing marijuana at the opening of Cultivate, one of the state's first two pot shops. This the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21potopen Reporter:
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John Egan on waited for the shuttle to bring him back to the parking lot after purchasing marijuana at the opening of Cultivate.

Around 11 a.m., a line of cars was waiting for spots in the parking lot, which is located down the street from the store. Once customers parked, they would board shuttle buses for a five-minute ride to the dispensary, where they would join another line of more than 100 customers standing outside. Some customers were skipping the parking-lot-to-shuttle route and finding parking spots on roads nearby, then walking down the two-lane road to the dispensary line.

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The line stretched around the Cultivate building.
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The line stretched around the Cultivate building on Tuesday morning.

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Before the shops even opened, some customers — antsy with excitement — lined up overnight in anticipation of the first sales, which began at 8 a.m.

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One patron, Sandra Bylaska, 62, pulled an all-nighter to be among the first. She arrived in Leicester at 3:30 a.m. with chairs and a blanket, expecting to camp out like she was waiting in line for concert tickets. But after she was told the line could not begin forming until 7, she spent the early morning hours wandering in Walmart and 7-Eleven.

Daquaan Hamilton, a 22-year-old UMass Amherst student and bartender-in-training, was among the first inside the Northampton store after waiting in the snow and rain since 12:30 a.m. and said he felt “on top of the world” after buying a vape pen and some edibles.

Leicester, MA, 11/20/2018 --Boudicca Arieli, 30, of Somerdale, NJ uses crutches to make her way back to the shuttle after purchasing marijuana at the opening of Cultivate, one of the state's first two pot shops. This the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21potopen Reporter:
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Boudicca Arieli of Somerdale, N.J. used crutches to make her way back to the shuttle after purchasing marijuana .

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Customers lined up outside the Cultivate dispensary.
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Customers lined up outside the Cultivate dispensary.

People waited in line inside the Leicester store.
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People waited in line inside the Leicester store.

Leicester, MA, 11/20/2018 -- Jennifer DePerrio, 45, of Jefferson (C) laughs as she waits in line at the opening of Cultivate, one of the state's first two pot shops. This the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21potopen Reporter:
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Jennifer DePerrio of Jefferson (center) laughed as she waits in line at the opening of Cultivate.