Timeline hazy for recreational sales as 2nd Pittsfield pot shop gets provisional license

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PITTSFIELD — A second marijuana retailer has received its provisional license to sell recreational marijuana, though the timeline to actual sales remains unclear.

Berkshire Roots, open since March for medical sales, got the conditional OK from the state's Cannabis Control Commission last week. The Dalton Avenue operation is the second Berkshire County cannabis retailer to receive the early license for recreational sales. Temescal Wellness, on Callahan Drive, got its provisional license last month.

The two Berkshire shops join more than a dozen retailers statewide waiting for a final nod from the state to move forward in the "adult-use" market, as the state refers to the emerging recreational marijuana market.

More than two months have passed since the original deadline — and nearly two years have passed since voters approved recreational marijuana in Massachusetts — yet recreational cannabis sales have yet to begin in the commonwealth. The Cannabis Control Commission has been cryptic about when final approvals will come.

So far there are seven retailers with green lights from the city. Five of those companies, including Berkshire Roots and Temescal Wellness, have completed applications with the state.

Matt Feeney, one of the owners at Berkshire Roots, said the company is hoping to begin recreational sales by the end of November.

"But we just don't know, really," he said, noting evolving state regulations. "They put the pins up and we try to knock `em down as best we can."

Feeney said the company is slowly building a solid client base, and revenues are up 20 percent since opening six months ago. He said that "it's a building process," and the statewide situation remains fluid.

"It's a little bit of a learning experience every day," he said.

Meantime, Temescal Wellness is poised to open under its medical license. It is slated to become the third dispensary to do business in Berkshire County. As for lifting the "provisional" from Temescal's license to sell recreationally, the shop is slated for a post-provisional license inspection next week.

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

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