With recreational marijuana sales set to begin this summer in Massachusetts, the legal pot industry has yet to fully arrive on the Island. A medical marijuana cultivation facility is under construction in West Tisbury with a dispensary set to open sometime early next year, but retail sales could be months or years away.
Geoff Rose, who holds the Island’s only medical marijuana license, recently applied for and was granted by the state so-called priority certification to apply to sell recreational pot, but said he has taken no further steps in the lengthy application process.
However, if sales of accessories are any indication, marijuana use — long popular with the Island’s counterculture — appears to be going mainstream. Island businesses that sell pipes, vaporizers and other marijuana accessories report growing demand.
“[The merchandise] moves very quickly,” said Carol Bailey, manager at Our Market in Oak Bluffs. She said the store began offering the accessories