SALISBURY — After months of waiting, Alternative Therapies Group opened for business on Elm Street this morning as Greater Newburyport's first adult use retail marijuana shop.
By the time doors officially opened shortly after 9 a.m., a line of about 20 eager customers had formed outside. The store is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
A few minutes before opening to the public, ATG served its first customer, former selectman and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce board member Fred Knowles, who purchased 3.5 grams of "Golden Ticket" CBD (cannabidiol) flower and a pre-rolled cigarette of "Blissful Wizard" marijuana.
The shop is carrying a full inventory of flower, pre-rolled marijuana "joints", concentrates, vaporizors, edibles and tinctures.
To deal with an expected large crowd of customers, ATG has designated a 100-space satellite parking area behind Sylvan Street Grille at 195 Elm St. Free shuttle buses will run to and from the store between 8:45 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. each day until further notice.
Parking along Elm Street is prohibited. There will be limited on-site parking for customers who have difficulty walking.
The Salisbury Police Department assigned a detail of two officers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Customers at the Elm Street store must bring valid, government-issued identification (a driver's license, passport or military ID) showing they are at least 21 years old. State law allows customers to buy up to one ounce of dried flower or five grams of cannabis concentrate.
Cannabis consumption is prohibited on the premises and in the parking lot, satellite parking area and shuttle buses.
No appointments will be necessary for customers at the Elm Street store and all transactions will be cash only, according to the company's website.
Customers are asked to be respectful of the store’s neighbors and not to open their purchases while on a shuttle bus.
Customers found or reasonably believed to be illegally diverting cannabis will be banned from the store, the company said.
The Cannabis Control Commission toured ATG’s planned medical marijuana dispensary and adult-use retail shop Aug. 7 and issued its final license to open for retail sales soon after.
The company then needed to wait for a notice from the commission to begin full operations. That notice was received as of Friday.