420 with CNW – Long Lines as Recreational Pot Shops Reopen in Massachusetts

May 28, 2020 04:20:49

When governments issued lockdown and social distancing orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus, most states with legal marijuana programs deemed cannabis an essential service, allowing both recreational pot shops and medical marijuana dispensaries to continue operating. In Massachusetts, however, only medical marijuana shops were deemed essential, forcing residents who wanted to indulge in recreational pot during the lockdown to turn elsewhere. With the state slowly reopening, recreational marijuana retailers have been allowed to reopen since they were forced to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With customers now able to order in advance and pick up their purchases outside, some recreational pot shops in Massachusetts have seen some pretty long lines. During the lockdown, medical marijuana establishments were granted extra permissions like online ordering and curbside pickups to keep the staff and customers safe, and they have finally been extended to recreational marijuana shops. In response, customers have showed up in droves, with shops like Solar Therapeutics and Pure Bliss, the first pot shop to open in Boston, seeing dozens of customers lined up on…


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