Approved: Fall River cannabis store gets retail license

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River medical marijuana dispensary looking to sell recreational cannabis just got the final go ahead.

The Cannabis Control Commission approved the final retail license for Northeast Alternatives on Thursday during a meeting in Boston.

Northeast Alternatives currently sells medical cannabis at its location on William S. Canning Blvd., a short distance from the border with Tiverton, Rhode Island.

There was no immediate word on when the store will begin selling recreational cannabis.

Northeast Alternatives was issued a provisional license for retail marijuana sales in September, indicating in their application they would be able to start retail sales within three months.

According to the application, the business is proposing to be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday-Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

They are also proposing an indoor cultivation site smaller than 5,000 square feet.

The first two marijuana retail shops in Massachusetts opened in Leicester and Northampton in November, causing major traffic jams as customers and tourists came from all over to visit the stores.

A third retail store in Salem has been authorized to open this Saturday, according to the Cannabis Control Commission.

Fall River Police Detective John Robinson said police are working with Northeast Alternatives on the traffic plan if a retail store does open, and said the business would pay for police detail if needed.

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