Patriot Care eyes recreational pot sales April 2

Published: 3/25/2019 10:45:14 PM

GREENFIELD — Next week, Franklin County residents can finally shop local for their marijuana on Tuesday.

The city’s first recreational pot shop will open April 2 at 10 a.m., following the final stamp of approval by the Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday, March 20.

Patriot Care already runs a medical marijuana business in the former American Legion building, 7 Legion Ave., off the parking lot at the rear of Green Fields Market. Additional parking may be available across the street.

Following a round of local and state inspections, the Greenfield store was officially licensed to commence adult-use retail sales last week.

When Northampton’s dispensary opened in November there were long lines in town for weeks. Easthampton’s dispensary had similar long lines.

Greenfield Mayor William Martin has said, while discussing reasons why building a new $19.5 million library will not be a burden on taxpayers, marijuana sales may help to alleviate some of that tax burden.

The city gets to tax the retail pot sales at 3 percent and plans to invest some of that in education, based on the city’s host agreement.

Since opening for business statewide, about $54.5 million in total sales have been generated from recreational marijuana. In the first full week of March, $4.4 million of recreational marijuana was sold with the typical person spending about $40.

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