Massachusetts Celebrates First Week of Adult-Use Cannabis Sales


Rachelle Gordon

November 25th, 2018

Policy


Massachusetts has finally gone green. After two years of anticipation, legal adult-use cannabis sales began on Tuesday and business is booming; according to analysts, consumers purchased over $440,000 worth of flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals on that day alone. It was a day met with enthusiasm, despite cold and rainy conditions, with thousands of people waiting hours in line for hours in order to be among the first in the state to buy marijuana legally.

“There is definitely a little magic in the air,” remarked Norton Arbelaez, Director of Government Affairs for New England Treatment Access, or NETA, a dispensary in Northampton – one of only two operating in the state so far. At the front of the line Tuesday morning was none other than the Mayor of the City himself, David Narkewicz, who welcomed recreational sales with open arms.

“There has been marijuana use going on in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a long, long time – what’s changing is it’s now being regulated,” Narkewicz said in an interview with CBS News. “It’s now being tested. It’s now being strictly monitored. That’s really the major change that’s happening,”

The first few days of sales have gone smoothly, with no system outages or product shortages. LeafLogix, a seed-to-sale ERP company servicing cannabis companies in 28 states and 5 countries, powers the transactions at NETA. According to VP of Business Development Scott Hinerfeld, the day’s success is indicative of the efficiency and stability of our platform.

“We’ve invested a great deal into our infrastructure and engineering to ensure that our system is able to handle this sort of volume,” he told CFN. “Our system runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud in what we refer to as an ‘Always-On, Fault-Tolerant Environment’. To date we’ve never experienced any service disruptions. It’s the kind of dependability that our customers require, and know they can count on LeafLogix to provide. We’re very proud of that.”

The rest of the East Coast is watching what happens in Massachusetts closely, as the market is expected to influence others throughout the region. Vermont and Maine recently legalized adult-use cannabis but are still developing regulations. While The Bay State has been slow to start sales, the Cannabis Control Commission has approved an additional 20 licenses with more applications being submitted daily.

“This is the culmination of years of hard work that is certain to have ripple effects across the country,” adds Arbelaez. “There’s definitely been some high spirits.”

Rachelle Gordon

About Rachelle Gordon

Rachelle Gordon is a Minneapolis-based writer. Find her online at www.rachellegordon.net.


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