Massachusetts legalizes marijuana. Sales brisk!
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Early Tuesday morning, retired trucker Roger Crocker finished his overnight shift as an Uber driver and pointed his car north to Massachusetts, where for the first time in his life, legal pot was waiting.
At 3:30 a.m., the West Haven man was fifth to arrive at the Northampton cannabis store -- one of two Massachusetts dispensaries to begin selling recreational marijuana Tuesday. Over the next four and a half hours, the line behind the 68-year-old Crocker grew by hundreds of people, many intoxicated by the prospect of witnessing history and taking a piece or two home with them.
"I'm gonna have a little bit more fun as I get older, 'cause tomorrow is promised to nobody, certainly not somebody my age," Crocker said just before New England Treatment Access opened its doors at 8 a.m. "I'm happy for this."
Like Crocker, dozens of people woke early in towns across Connecticut on Tuesday to stand in sleet and snow outside NETA in Northampton and Cultivate in Leicester for the start of recreational marijuana sales, more than two years after Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question for legalization.
― Douglas Adams