Greater Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop plans to open its doors to the public next week, after receiving approval from the state on Friday.
New England Treatment Access will start recreational sales at its Brookline store on Saturday, March 23 at 9 a.m., becoming the first store within a stone’s throw of Boston and the first opportunity for customers to utilize local MBTA trains to visit a recreational store.
“We look forward to welcoming our new customers, but we want our patients to know that they will always be our top priority,” said Amanda Rositano, NETA’s director of operational compliance, in a statement.
“We consider our medical programs in Brookline and Northampton to be models for operators across the country and are pleased to offer the highest quality products and services,” she continued. “Built upon this legacy, our Northampton dispensary was the first in the state to register a sale of adult-use cannabis. Our commitment to excellence will be our guide as we serve our patients and customers in the years ahead.”
Despite the expected onslaught of customers, NETA officials say they don’t plan to limit the crowds by requiring appointments or a sign-up app to get in line, as some other recreational marijuana outlets have done.
The company does have an online system customers can use to reserve products ahead, which can make the check-out process faster, NETA officials said.
NETA will be the 13th recreational marijuana store to open in Massachusetts. One of those, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, temporarily closed for recreational sales last month and has not reopened.
NETA’s Northampton store was one of the first two recreational stores on the East Coast when it opened in November.