WAREHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — The rainy conditions on Friday didn’t keep people from lining up outside a small shop on Main Street in Wareham to take part in the first recreational marijuana sales in southeastern Massachusetts.
“Despite the weather, it’s not dampening anybody’s spirits,” PharmaCann spokesperson Kate Walden said.
PharmaCann is the parent company of Verilife, which opened for business at 10 a.m. Friday, but customers were lined up outside long before that.
Until Friday, the dispensary offered only medical marijuana, but a public vote two years ago cleared the way for shops to start selling the drug for recreational purposes. Massachusetts’ first legal pot shops opened last month in Leicester and Northampton and since then, communities and businesses across the state have taken steps to get in on the action.
“It really should be like this all over the place,” customer Ricky Dermody said. “There’s no reason why not to.”
Sue Metro made the trip from West Dennis so she could mark the first day of her retirement with some marijuana.
“I understand people are concerned but they don’t seem to have that same concern about liquor stores,” Metro said. “I think it’s kind of absurd. We did vote it into law.”
There are restrictions to buying marijuana at Verilife, however.
“They can have seven grams of flower and then they can have two other items which they would use, which would be a concentrate, a vape or a tincture, other items like that as well,” Walden explained.
In addition, walkup business isn’t allowed and customers can’t park across the street at Besse Park. Instead, people are asked to park at Water Wizz – located about three miles down the road at 3031 Cranberry Highway – and board Verilife’s shuttle, where they can sign in and place their order online.
Those at Verilife were also keen to remind out-of-state customers that it’s illegal to take marijuana across state lines, and Wareham police said they will enforce that with a zero-tolerance policy.