Here’s what the menus at Massachusetts’s first 2 marijuana dispensaries look like
Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton open for recreational marijuana sales Tuesday.
Recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts start Tuesday — and there are plenty of options for customers at the first two dispensaries.
Whether flocking to Cultivate in Leicester or New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton, shoppers can expect to find a variety of cannabis flowers and other products, as seen in listings on each company’s website.
While options are plenty, adults buying recreational marijuana are limited to how much they can purchase at a time under state law. Retail customers, unlike medical marijuana patients, can buy a maximum of one ounce of flower or five grams of concentrate, and are subject to a 20 percent tax. (Medical patients can buy larger quantities of products with higher doses tax free.)
Cultivate President Sam Barber told reporters Monday his store would not place any additional purchase limits beyond the law on customers opening day, although there are no promises there will be enough inventory to go around.
“Obviously there is an immense demand, and we’ve been preparing for a while to help meet this, but, again, we can’t make any guarantees for how long our supply might last,” he said.
NETA has set an initial purchase limit of an eighth-ounce of flower per customer.
Here’s what you can expect to find at each dispensary, according to online menus:
New England Treatment Access
(Note: Menu changes daily and updates after closing hours. Information here is as it appeared on Monday’s menu. Pricing, offerings are subject to change.)
Prices: 1 g. for $15; 1/8 oz. for $50; 1/4 oz. for $100; 1/2 oz. for $175; 1 oz. for $300.
Arcata Trainwreck (Sativa)
“A very frosty and potent strain that is a trichome showcase with a distinct and trademark aroma. Arcata Trainwreck effects can be euphoric and focused before transitioning to a state of relaxation.”
Moonshine Haze (Sativa)
“Since our first harvest, Moonshine Haze has developed a notable reputation for its fast onset and effectiveness. Moonshine Haze is said to deliver a pleasant rush of energy and acute mental stimulation that may help patients with depressive symptoms, anxiety, and stress disorders.”
Tangerine Haze (Sativa)
“Tangerine Haze can help start your day with energy and euphoria. Many patients are using this strain to stimulate appetite and elevate their mood. This strain may be best for those with high-stress lifestyles.”
Jack Frost (Hybrid/Sativa)
“A crowd favorite, Jack Frost is a social strain and is recommended for daytime use. Many patients use this strain to help with stress, depression, and pain relief.”
“Hurricane’s potent mix of Indica and Sativa genetics produces a pleasant, cerebral effect while still providing palliation. Reduction of inflammation, pain, nausea, and stress relief have been reported. This strain is recommended for daytime use.”
GG#4 (Hybrid/Indica – Limited supply)
“The effects of this sticky flower may leave you glued to the couch. The intense body sensation provided may melt away your stress and muscle tension. GG#4 may be beneficial for those seeking relief from chronic pain, arthritis, OCD, stress, insomnia, nausea, and depression.”
Golden Lemon (Hybrid/Indica)
“Golden Lemon combines layers of citrus flavors with sweet earthy tones and offers a unique mix of mood elevation and relaxation. Patients have reported this strain helps with stress, depression, pain and insomnia.”
Black Triangle Kush (Indica)
“Black Triangle Kush is considered to be a great evening option. This strain may be helpful for stress, pain relief, and relaxation. We are looking forward to getting more feedback about this strain, please let us know about your experience so we can update this description.”
(Bulk pricing available.)
Shatter (1 g. – $60)
“Pure cannabis concentrate in an amber, glass-like form. This brittle concentrate ‘shatters’ into smaller pieces used for vaporizing and dabbing.”
Kief (1 g. – $25)
“Resin-filled trichomes collected directly from the cannabis flower. Sprinkle this onto flower when smoking or vaping to punch up potency.”
Wax (1 g. – $50)
“Soft, wax-like cannabis concentrate that retains much of the main cannabinoids and terpenes of the plant.”
Distillate (1 g. – $95)
“Pure, high-potency, isolated cannabis oil with the consistency of honey. Odorless and tasteless, terpenes are added for flavor and effect.”
Full size: 1 g. for $15
Five-pack of 1 g. joints: $ 70
Ten-pack of 1 g. joints: $135
D-Line Lumens (5 mg. each, 100 mg. total – $30)
“Distillate-based, strawberry-flavored, chewy bites.”
D-Line Chews (5 mg. each, 25 mg. total – $10)
“Distillate-based, large, citrusy gummies.”
Dose Bar (50 mg. – $17, 100 mg. – $25)
“Delectable Belgian dark chocolate bars.”
D-Line Bar (50 mg. – $20, 100 mg. – $30)
“Distillate-based, delectable Belgian dark chocolate bars. Also available in mint.”
Dose Cubes (2 mg. each, 100 mg. total – $25 / 5 mg. each, 250 mg. total – $45 / 5 mg. each, 500 mg. total – $75)
“Easy-to-dose, assorted fruit-flavored chews.”
D-Line Cubes (2 mg. each, 100 mg. total – $30 / 5 mg. each, 500 mg. total – $80)
“Distillate-based, assorted fruit-flavored micro-dose cubes.”
Dose Nuggets (10 mg. – $4 / 50 mg. – $13 / 100 mg. – $22)
“Long-lasting, raspberry flavored confection.”
D-Line Lozenge (50 mg. – $15)
“Distillate-based, raspberry flavored lozenges.”
D-Line Nugget Pack (5 mg. each, 50 mg. total – $25)
“Distillate-based, chewy, cocoa caramel bite-sized treats.”
D-Line Gems (5 mg. each, 80 mg. total – $25)
“Distillate-based, raspberry & watermelon flavored easy-to-dose lozenges.”
Dose Brownies (50 mg. – $20 / 100 mg. – $30)
“Small batch, chocolate-chip brownies.”
Upside Capsules (10 mg., 2 count – $5 / 10 mg., 30 count – $60 / 25 mg., 2 count – $10 / 25 mg., 30 count – $120)
“Discreet, easy-to-swallow, capsules. A traditional route of administration with a modern twist.”
Allay Lotion (4 oz. – $30 / 8 oz. – $55)
“Massage away the pain with this rich lotion. Used to relieve symptoms associated with muscle tension, arthritis, and pain.”
Elevation Oil (420 mg. – $50)
“Multi-use, cannabis-infused grapeseed oil. Easily infuse your favorite recipes and make edibles or topicals at home.”
Wishing Well Tincture (1 mg. per drop, 480 mg. total – $70)
“A few drops under your tongue or in your favorite beverage is all it takes.”
Suppositories (25 mg., pair – $15 / 50 mg., pair – $25)
“These jojoba-oil based, cannabis-infused suppositories may be beneficial for patients looking for an alternative to orally consuming cannabis.”
Daily strains are on the New England Treatment Access website.
(Note: Products listed are those that appeared on Cultivate’s recreational menu Monday.)
Prices: 1 g. for $19; 2 g. for $38; 1/8 oz. for $60; 1/4 oz. for $110; 1/2 oz. for $215; 1 oz. for $420
Here’s what the menus at Massachusetts’s first 2 marijuana dispensaries look like Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton open for recreational marijuana
How expensive will legal marijuana be in Massachusetts when retail stores open?
It’s a simple question for a complicated market.
For states that have legalized recreational marijuana, the new authorized markets have carried the promise of increasingly cheap weed. In Colorado, wholesale cannabis prices have dropped roughly 35 percent since their 2015 peak. In Oregon, some pot shops reportedly sell grams of weed for less than a glass of craft beer.
Massachusetts residents will likely have to wait awhile before they see anything similar.
State regulators say the initial market will be “sparse” when the first licensed retail pot shops open in July, due to both the cautious rollout process and widespread municipal bans on marijuana businesses. As a result, experts expect initial prices to be expensive — and stay that way for a while.
“I would expect that we would see really high prices to begin with,” Kris Krane, the co-founder of 4Front, a cannabis industry consultancy firm, told Boston.com. “There’s going to be a shortage.”
For an eighth of an ounce of weed, Krane said before-tax prices could start out around $60 to $70 — compared to an average of around $50 on the black market — and remain at that level for up to six months to a year. Of course, sales will also be subject to a combined tax by the state and local governments of up to 20 percent.
“It’s really simple supply and demand,” Krane said. “There’s not going to be enough supply.”
A similar dynamic has played out to some degree in every state that has gone through the process of implementing a legal retail or medical marijuana market. Because cannabis is (controversially) still an illegal Schedule 1 drug at the federal level, companies and individuals are prohibited from shipping it across state lines. That makes it difficult for each new state market — working in isolation from each other — to grow enough product to meet demand in its early days. And weeks. And months.
Nine states and Washington, D.C. have voted to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. And the states that have already implemented their markets have experienced initial price surges, followed by broad declines in price. In Colorado, an ounce of marijuana (the legal limit for public possession in Massachusetts) can regularly be found for $150, according to Krane.
Massachusetts might not ever make it to that point, but Krane expects prices to eventually stabilize in the $40 range for an eighth of an ounce.
“That may be a little higher than you see some places out west, but I think $40 to $45 eighths will become the norm,” he said, adding that once large-scale greenhouses and facilities get up and running several years down the road, the state could even see eighths as low as $25.
It’s not a question of if prices go down, but when. That said, the decline will likely be gradual due to Massachusetts’ growing capacity, which — for reasons ranging from space to weather to the delayed implementation of its medical marijuana industry — doesn’t stack up against the likes of California, Colorado, Oregon, or Washington.
Jim Borghesani, a former spokesman for the Massachusetts legalization campaign and now a consultant in the industry, says that Nevada, which also voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, provides “a compelling predictive example” for what the Bay State might expect in the next 12 to 18 months.
Even though it passed its legalization ballot measure the same day as Massachusetts, the Silver State decided to implement its adult-use recreational market last July. However, the industry wasn’t ready for the surge in demand.
“Nevada’s supply chain was hampered by cultivation shortages and a flawed distribution licensing process,” Borghesani said.
Nine months later, prices in the state are still relatively high. The Bay State should expect a similar future, according to Borghesani.
“Massachusetts will likely see supply constraints due mainly to a relatively immature medical cannabis industry and a time lag in getting adult-use cultivation operations licensed and running,” he said. “The results will likely be the same as Nevada—higher prices until supply catches up with demand.”
Massachusetts’ top pot regulating agency, the Cannabis Control Commission, says it is unable to make a meaningful prediction on the early stage pricing. But officials noted that the commission has instituted a number of safeguards aimed at preventing potentially high price levels from perpetuating the illicit market.
Krane says substantially higher prices created problems in Oregon, which had abundant black market cannabis — even compared to other states. The price disparity was so great that consumers opted for the black market over the legal stores. The state then responded by licensing “basically…anyone who qualified” and now struggles with oversupply, which can also facilitate illicit markets.
Krane says it was an overreaction to a predictable early stage problem and the CCC has looked to preempt a similar situation with regulations ranging from “seed-to-sale” tracking to strict licensing and verification standards. Krane’s advice to Massachusetts — officials and consumers like — is to keep the early high prices in perspective.
“By and large, this is very normal,” he said. “The business is responding to market conditions. It will change, but it will take some time.”
How expensive will legal marijuana be in Massachusetts when retail stores open? It’s a simple question for a complicated market. For states that have legalized recreational marijuana, the new