The state’s first pot shops were smoking on opening day.
The Northampton and Leicester legal weed joints — the first two east of the Mississippi — rang up $440,011 combined in sales Tuesday, according to the Cannabis Control Commission.
They together sold 10,784 pot products, including vapor pens, chewables, chocolate bars, cookies and any of the varied strains of weed from “Tangerine Haze” to “Black Triangle Kush.”
Customers were limited to 1 ounce of pot or the equivalent in concentrate, topping off at 5 grams. But that didn’t deter pot-infused aficionados from buying up Lumens, fruit-flavored chews at $30 for a 100 mg package, or Dose Nuggets, cocoa and caramel treats at $22 for a 100 mg bar.
The state also cashed in on the green rush, collecting 17 percent in taxes. Another 3 percent “local tax” went to the host towns.
New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate in Leicester both had long lines outside their doors long before they opened Tuesday morning. There’s been a steady flow of pot buyers in the days since, but the pot panel has not shared those sales figures yet.
As the Herald reported yesterday, more than 20 other pot shops are awaiting final approval.