Group leaders in Leicester, Massachusetts, the place one of many state’s two authorized pot retailers opened final week, referred to as an emergency city assembly Monday evening to deal with the shopper site visitors that is flooding the small city and irritating residents.
Authorized marijuana gross sales within the state are already booming with the 2 shops reporting greater than $2.2 million in gross sales – over 56,000 marijuana merchandise – throughout their first 5 days of enterprise. At Domesticate in Leicester, folks line up exterior hours earlier than the store even opens and automobiles jam the road exterior.
Tensions ran excessive at Monday’s assembly the place Leicester residents fumed over how the success of the Domesticate marijuana store has turned their quiet neighborhood into busy purchasing hub.
“We’ve automobiles exterior our home 7 days every week, 12 hours a day,” one lady mentioned. Added one other, “I am unable to even get out of my driveway! It took me 20 minutes to get out of my driveway right this moment alone!”
“We didn’t anticipate the 1000’s of automobiles that come right here each day,” mentioned Leicester Police Chief James Hurley.
He mentioned clients can await hours in traces that wrap across the block. “We’re additionally getting what I name ‘hashish tourism’ and there are a whole lot of individuals popping out to see what is going on on and that provides stress to the system.”
Representatives of Domesticate are working to deal with the issues of the neighborhood and mentioned they’ve already added 80 extra parking areas and additional police element to maintain site visitors shifting. The shop served about 1,000 clients on opening day and in accordance with the Hashish Management Fee, the Friday after Thanksgiving was the busiest for each places within the state, reporting practically $480,000 in product sales.
Some residents like John Shoick got here to point out assist for the monetary advantages Domesticate brings to Leicester, a small city of 11,000 residents. “I am not saying that is going to be a cure-all resolution, however that is what a small city like Leicester wants,” Shoick mentioned. “The man’s overly profitable. You wish to punish him for that. I am sorry that is simply not the American method.”
The Leicester city supervisor instructed CBS Information the police chief plans to institute emergency measures this weekend to make site visitors extra manageable.
There could also be some further reduction within the coming months as leisure marijuana shops in Salem, Wareham, and Easthampton have all reportedly been issued remaining licenses from the state and hope to open quickly.