NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – In less than a month, marijuana will be legal in Massachusetts for recreational use. 22News visited Northampton’s medical marijuana dispensary to find out how it might affect their industry.
When medical marijuana first became legal in 2013, New England Treatment Access or ‘NETA’ was the area’s first dispensary to open. The Northampton site now sees a steady flow of patients.
However, their industry will be challenged in less than a month when ballot question 4 kicks in. People will be able to grow their own pot at home and buy it from retail stores even for non-medical use.
Dispensary operators like Columbia Care say their concerned about the state’s lack of regulation. NETA told us ‘no comment,’ but one patient told us it should be regulated in certain circumstances.
Scott Salzman, of Deerfield told 22News, “Only when it concerns minors. Beyond that, I think it’s a way for the state to gain revenue. I think the war on drugs has been a huge jobs program for the state police.”
Some dispensaries say their quality control measure mean a better product for both purity and potency. The new law allows people 21 and older to have up to an ounce of pot outside of their house and up to 10 ounces inside. They can also grow up to six marijuana plants and give away up to an ounce or less without getting paid.