The first two retail marijuana shops in Massachusetts are set to begin selling products to the public Tuesday, marking the first time recreational pot... Recreational marijuana sales to begin in Massachusetts Tuesday and the first two customers have already been selected

The first two retail marijuana shops in Massachusetts are set to begin selling products to the public Tuesday, marking the first time recreational pot will be sold east of the Mississippi.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has given the green light to Cultivate Holdings, LLC, which has a retail shop in Leicester, and New England Treatment Access (NETA) LLC, which is readying a store in Northampton, to start selling marijuana and marijuana products.

Both are set to open Tuesday at 8 a.m., and already know who their first customers will be.

Iraq veteran and medical marijuana advocate Stephen Mandile will buy a quarter-ounce of pot and edibles once Cultivate opens at 8 a.m., the Boston Globe reported.

At the same time, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz — an Air Force veteran — will walk into NETA and purchase an edible, according to the newspaper.

The dispensaries are expecting to see a huge influx of customers from across the region.

To purchase recreational marijuana, customers must be at least 21 years old and present a valid government-issued photo ID. [Read more at MassLive]

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