What to know about the opening of Brookline’s recreational marijuana dispensary – Boston.com


Purchasing recreational marijuana will soon be just an MBTA ride away.

More than four months after the first adult-use cannabis shops opened in Massachusetts, the first Boston-area dispensary is slated to follow suit. New England Access Treatment — whose Northampton store was one of the first two places in the state to sell recreational marijuana — announced Friday that it will begin adult-use sales at its Brookline medical dispensary on Saturday, March 23.

The 160 Washington Street dispensary, located in an old bank building in Brookline Village, received a commence-operations notice Friday from the Cannabis Control Commission, just eight days after it secured a final retail license from the agency.

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Amanda Rositano, the director of operational compliance for NETA, says it’s been a long time coming.

“We want to thank the Brookline Select Board and the Cannabis Control Commission for the confidence they have shown in our organization,” Rositano said in a statement Friday. “We also want to thank the community of Brookline, the Police Chief, and the public safety and town departments for the support they have provided over these past months of preparation.”

While the CCC’s commence-operations notices allows an establishment to open after a three-day period, NETA is opting to wait until the following weekend to welcome the rush of new adult-use patrons

In the meantime, here’s everything potential customers need to know if they plan to visit.

So… when exactly will they be open?

9 a.m. Saturday, March 23.

While the Brookline medical dispensary currently runs limited hours on the weekend, Rositano says the Brookline store will be expanding their hours with the start of adult-use sales. NETA plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

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