Listen: Massachusetts mayor first in line as recreational marijuana sales begin
"Of the Puritans went to pot on Tuesday. Thousands got in line and stayed in line for up to five hours all for a piece of the first legal recreational cannabis here in more than a century. How does it feel to know that what you buy today, and you walk out of here with will not put you in jail. Massachusetts is the seven state to open retail marijuana shops. But the first to open them east of the Mississippi, and it comes as the cannabis industry celebrates a series of new highs, including more than a billion dollars in retail sales this year in an estimated seven hundred million more next year in Massachusetts alone. But as more state see green some critics either potential for regrets. I hope it's not the case. But it's possible that in twenty years thirty years, we really look back and say, wow. Can you believe back in two thousand eighteen we just allow people to to sell the stuff Dr? Sharon Levy runs. The adolescent substance use and addiction program at Boston children's hospital. She worries legalisation could send kids the wrong message. Is there a conflict between the prophet? You make here and the wider public health has spent years making sure that businesses like ours. Can't be pushing out marketing material. Sam Barbara is president of, cultivate, one of the pot shops it open today. Putting an end to what he and his customers seem to agree is the most dangerous part of marijuana. It's prohibition. All these people still in line"