The first legal cannabis stores on the East Coast

On a rainy Tuesday, people began lining up as early as 4AM to get inside one of only two legal cannabis retail stores in the Massachusetts (MA). The first customers at Cultivate Holdings and the New England Treatment Access were an Iraq war veteran and the local mayor, respectively. Cannabis sale was legalized by the state in 2016 but it has taken two years for the first fully-licensed stores to roll out on November 20th.

While cannabis legalization has taken place in 10 US states plus D.C., Massachusetts is only the 7th state to legalize the sale of cannabis. The current patchwork of state-level regulatory frameworks can be confusing and the particulars of legalization has unfolded on a case-by-case basis. However, legislative and public support for Federal legalization has been growing quickly. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center reported that 62% of Americans are in favour of legalization, a view most commonly shared amongst Millennials (74%).

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