Pittsfield store to begin selling recreational marijuana next week

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PITTSFIELD — Temescal Wellness announced Tuesday the shop plans to begin selling recreational marijuana early next week.

Julia Germaine, corporate development director for Temescal Wellness, said the company received a final certificate from the Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday. The "commence operations" certificate triggered a three-day time clock before the Pittsfield retailer, at 10 Callahan Drive, can begin selling to all customers over the age of 21.

Germaine said her company hasn't pinpointed an opening day, but will be posting regular updates to temescalwellness.com. In the coming days, she said, the company will also post information about customer parking.

Germaine said she and the team would like to make sure the the Pittsfield Police Department has been properly notified, and that Temescal's medical consumers are prepared for the impending onslaught. "Otherwise we're staffed and ready to go," she said.

Medical patients will be given online preordering capabilities and priority status at the store, she said, so "it should be a pretty quick process for them."

She said the Pittsfield Police Department is scheduled to provide a traffic detail where Callahan Drive meets Route 20. Customers planning to come next week can pay with cash, she said, with an app called CanPay or they can pay with debit cards for a service fee.

She said the company's shops in Pittsfield and in Hudson will be the seventh and eighth to open in the commonwealth.

"It's very rewarding and exciting, and we're glad to be one of the early operators who can set a high standard," she said.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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