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Massachusetts Cannabis Sales Thrive Following Market Launch

Massachusetts’ two licensed cannabis retailers grossed $2.2 million in sales over just five days, MassLive reports.

The information was released by the state Cannabis Control Commission, which compiled sales data from the state’s two retailers: Cultivate, in Leicester; and New England Treatment Access (NETA), in Northampton. During the market’s first five days, Cultivate and NETA collectively sold 56,380 “units” of cannabis, with products ranging from just flower to edibles and hand lotion.

Sales on Tuesday, the market’s opening day, reached just over $440,000. Wednesday’s numbers were slightly higher and, while both stores were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, sales continued to surge later during the holiday weekend.

The market launch has been so successful in part due to the draw of so-called “cannabis tourists” from nearby states, including New York City. Some community members in Leicester were incensed by the uptick in local traffic caused by long lines at Cultivate.

Resident Kim Miczek complained of people urinating on her front lawn while waiting in line, according to another report. “My road has become a long parking lot. I don’t like it,” she said during a Leicester Town Hall emergency meeting on Monday night.

However, another Leicester resident John Shocik said that though he didn’t originally vote for legalization, he was pleased by the extra attention and business it has brought to the town. “I didn’t vote for it but people did. We want more businesses … here there is a business,” he said.

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