Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, Massachusetts, said he’ll be the first to purchase cannabis legally east of the Mississippi River when his city’s pot store opens.
Non-medical marijuana will be legally available at a Northampton retail shop, New England Treatment Access.
Narkewicz said he plans to buy a chocolate bar when the store opens its doors to recreational consumers at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“I do think that as a supporter — long-time supporter — both of legalization of medical marijuana, and as a supporter of adult-use marijuana, I think it sends an important message that I’d be the first person to make that purchase,” Narkewicz said at a press conference at NETA. “There’s obviously been a lot of stigma around marijuana in this country. Massachusetts has moved forward on it … and Northampton has been a strong supporter of that.”
Though he’ll buy an edible, the mayor said he won’t be consuming