A guide to shopping at the Salem recreational pot shop

Leicester, MA., 11/07/2018 Double Dutch Soda medical marijuana at Cultivate Holdings. This is one of the first pot shops set to start selling recreational marijuana. It currently sells medical marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Medical marijuana is shown at Cultivate in Leicester, one of the state’s first recreational pot shops.

The third recreational marijuana shop in the the state will open in Salem this weekend, becoming the closest store for Boston consumers.

But don’t jump in your car to head to Alternative Therapies Group in Salem quite yet. Here are some things you need to know

When is the store open?

ATG in Salem is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Where is the store?


The store is located at 50 Grove St.

Making an appointment

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Initially, ATG will be appointment-only for recreational customers, an effort to avoid the same rush that stores in Leicester and Northampton faced.

ATG writes on its website that the store plans to become available for walk-ins “as supply and demand in the region stabilizes over time.”

Customers will be able to make appointments on the company’s website.

Patients with a registered medical marijuana card will not need an appointment.

How do you get there?


Boston consumers will, for the first time, be able to take a train to a recreational pot shop.

In fact, using commuter rail is recommended by ATG, and a free shuttle service will be available between a nearby parking lot — located at 297 Bridge St. — and the shop itself. The shuttle will run between 8:45 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., seven days a week.

Local consumers are encouraged to walk or bike to ATG.

Anyone who needs to drive has been asked to park in designated parking lots.


If taking the train, walking, or biking is not an option, make sure you park your car in the right place.


You have two choices: parking along designated areas of Harmony Grove Road or parking at the 297 Bridge St. lot, where the shuttle bus will leave.

ATG warns that consumers can be ticketed or towed if they park anywhere else.

Registered medical marijuana patients and handicapped drivers can park at the shop.

Alternative Therapies Group

Alternative Therapies Group

What do you need?

First and foremost, you will need to bring a printed version of your confirmation e-mail, confirming that you have an appointment. Both shuttle bus drivers and dispensary staff will ask to see it.

Of course, you also need to bring a government-issued ID that proves you are 21 years old or older.

How much can you buy?

Customers will be limited to buying one-quarter an ounce of flower until further notice.

State law allows customers to buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana, though some stores have limited the amount to avoid selling out of products.

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