Third Recreational Pot Shop To Open In Salem As Early As Saturday

customer looks at cannabis products for sale at the Green Pearl Organics dispensary on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in California, January 1, 2018, at the Green Pearl Organics marijuana dispensary in Desert Hot Springs, California(Photo Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

SALEM, MA (WBZ-AM) — State officials say that there could be a third recreational cannabis shop opening in Massachusets as early as Saturday.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Commission announced on Tuesday that Alternatives Therapies Group, Inc may begin "retail operations in Salem and open in a minimum of three calendar days (Saturday or later)." 

Brit Smith, Executive Producer and Host of The Blunt Talk Podcast on iHeartRadio, reports that while that shop will begin sales to the public, they will only take appointments, to help ease likely traffic issues for the town.

City of Salem officials says that customers without an appointment will not be allowed into the facility and will be turned away.

Additionally The City has has imposed temporary resident-only parking zones in the neighborhoods closest to the store and enforcement for parking, traffic, and police patrol will be enhanced in this area of the City for the foreseeable future. 

Customers traveling to Salem are urged and suggested not to drive but to take public transport through the MBTA Commuter rail and then take the ATG shuttle bus from the station to the store. The shuttle bus will only transport customers with confirmation of a valid reservation and a photo ID.

In November, two locations in Leicester and Northhampton opened to the public for retail sales which attributed to a massive increase of traffic in the area prompting complaints from local residents. 

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