As state lawmakers in Albany engange in heated debate over legalizing marijuana, the drug is already for sale just across the state border in Massachusetts.
NewsChannel 9 made the trip to Theory Wellness in Great Barrington, a pot shop where people line up to light up.
Including those in line was Robert Renolyds, from Dutchess County, New York. He makes the trip across the border at least twice a week for, in his words, “legal weed.”
Renolyds says, previously, he would buy pot on the corner of the street, but this a safer option.
Theory Wellness opened in January and sells several versions of recreational marijuana off its menu. The company grows its own pot at another facility closer to Boston.
It will be up to New York’s lawmakers, state senators, assembly members and the governor, to decide if the drug should be sold on the streets, but in Massachusetts, the decision went to voters in a public referendum that was approved in 2016.
Since, the state and its Cannabis Control Commission worked to put together rules and regulations for how the drug should be grown, processsed and sold.
Right now, eight stores are licensed to sell marijuana, including Theory Wellness.
Coming up at 11:00pm on NewsChannel 9, the first in a series of reports from Massachusetts: “Legalizing Marijuana.”