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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz makes the first purchase at NETA from co-owner Arnon Vered on Tuesday.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

There's no shortage of people eager to be part of history in Northampton, Massachusetts this week — or at least get their hands on some killer buds.

A line forms outside New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Updated 2:48 p.m.

The big day has finally arrived: Two years and two weeks after Massachusetts voters said they wanted to purchase recreational marijuana legally in the state, two stores are now open for anyone 21 and older.

Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, Massachusetts, said he'll be the first person to buy non-medical marijuana from a retail shop in his city on Tuesday.
Colin A. Young / State House News Service

Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, Massachusetts, said he'll be the first to purchase cannabis legally east of the Mississippi River when his city's pot store opens. 

Update: The Cannabis Control Commission on Friday issued certificates to commence business to recreational marijuana retailers Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton. The first sales are expected on Tuesday.

After months of waiting, the first legal sale of adult-use, or recreational, cannabis in Massachusetts is just days away.

New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Any day now, Northampton, Massachusetts, will be home to the first — or at least one of the first — recreational marijuana shops in the state. It'll be attached to an existing medical marijuana dispensary just off the highway.

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