Recreational weed now sold in Berkshire County

January 11, 2019 07:28 PM

GREAT BARRINGTON – Right on its website, Theory Wellness advises customers what to bring: Valid ID, Cash or Debit Card and an Open Mind and Good Vibes.

"We've been really appreciative of the way the Cannabis Control Commission has really been able to set precedent of how do we do this, how do we do it right, how do we keep it safe and also allow people to have fun," said Thomas Winstanley, marketing director of Theory Wellness.

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Despite the frigid temperatures, customers lined up two hours before the shop opened on Friday morning to be among the first in Berkshire County to buy pot legally. Theory has been selling it for medicinal purposes for about a year. In 2016, voters in Massachusetts approved the sale recreationally.

Theory is the sixth shop to sell recreational marijuana. Back in November, shops in Leicester and Northampton were the first.

"I lived in Seattle and Oregon, so for this to start happening in Massachusetts is pretty good," said one customer. "Then we don't have to buy from underground, but then you're going to get into a problem. Maybe underground still is less expensive."

Prices range from around $20 per gram, $55 per eighth for things like Mimosa, Strawberry Fields, Banana Splits and Purple Punch. Menus were handed out to the first few before passing through the key-carded secure entrance into a vestibule, then into the showroom.

"On the recreational front too, we think there's a lot to be seen in terms of social justice, political discourse and I think you're starting to see that in neighboring states," said Winstanley. "And so we're really excited to see this trajectory carry forward."


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