Pittsfield's first recreational marijuana sales to begin Tuesday

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PITTSFIELD — Temescal Wellness will open for recreational marijuana sales on Tuesday.

The company makes its announcement amid widespread confusion about its opening day, given some initial reports stated Temescal could open as soon as Saturday. Company leaders said in a news release on Thursday that they took time to ensure the opening would be smooth. 

"Temescal Wellness staff worked closely with city officials and neighboring businesses to execute a smooth and hassle-free opening," the release stated. 

The cannabis retailer at 10 Callahan Drive in Pittsfield received a "commence operations" certificate from the state's Cannabis Control Commission on Jan. 8, triggering a three-day countdown until the company is legally allowed to open. Temescal announced on Thursday its decision to commence recreational cannabis sales at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The shop will offer the first recreational sales in Pittsfield. On Friday morning, Theory Wellness in Great Barrington is scheduled to be the first in Berkshire County to open for recreational sales.

There will be over 100 parking spots available on opening day, according to Temescal's release, both in the lot adjacent the building and in an additional lot across the street. The company will also provide outdoor tents and portable bathrooms for customers who may have to wait in line. The company will accept only cash during opening week, they said.

Some 14 employees with 60 hours of training will be on hand Tuesday to guide prospective buyers through the process, the release said. Each customer can buy up to an eighth of an ounce of marijuana, plus up to two pre-rolled joints, and one vape pen or cartridge. "A variety of concentrates will be also be available," the release states.

Temescal directs people to their website for updates. 

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

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