WAREHAM (CBS) – Another recreational marijuana shop opened in Massaschusetts on Friday.
Verilife opened its doors at this historic sea captain’s house in Wareham, becoming the fourth recreational pot shop to open in Massachusetts.
The business first opened as a medical marijuana facility earlier this year and they’ve been operating without any issues. But with recreational marijuana sales starting Friday, larger crowds are expected over the upcoming weeks.
That’s why town officials put a strict plan in place for parking. Customers have to park at the Water Wizz water park lot on Route 28 and take a free shuttle bus to the pot shop. The parking lot opened at 8 a.m. and the store opened at 10 a.m.
“We’re in a tight spot narrow streets a village setting so it was paramount in the thinking of town officials to try to manage this well,” Wareham selectman Peter Teitelbaum said.
Customers buying marijuana for recreational use are not allowed to walk up to the shop or even be dropped off.
You will need a ticket to get in the door and you can only get that ticket from the Water Wizz shuttle bus stop.
“There’s going to be shuttle service to and from that location to this location you will not be allowed to get into the venue without going through Water Wizz,” John Gerard of Wareham Police said.
Another marijuana shop is expected to open in Easthampton on Saturday.
Cathy Moore said she has trouble sleeping, and marijuana helps her relax before bed each night. Moore said she was excited to be among the first customers to legally buy marijuana in Wareham.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for 35 years. History in the making and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Moore said. “I like smoking pot, and it’s been illegal. I always dreamed of being able to go into a store and buy some. I just can’t believe it, and I’m so excited about it.”