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As Pot Store Opens, Pittsfield Anticipates 'Infusion Of Cash'

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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A box of marijuana joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Pittsfield is the latest Massachusetts community to host a recreational marijuana store — and the second in the Berkshires.

Pittsfield has permitted seven pot retailers, four growers and two manufacturing facilities. But only two have opened, including Temescal Wellness, a medical dispensary which recently got state approval to sell to all adults. Its retail shop opens this week, on Tuesday.

Nate Joyner, who is the permitting coordinator in Pittsfield's community development office, said the city is expecting heavy demand for the product, new jobs and an infusion of cash through taxes.

“The city is hopeful, as these new industries come on line, we’ll be seeing more energy, more investment in Pittsfield,” Joyner said. “And that it’ll of course attract more people to move, or consider moving, and living in Pittsfield.”

Customers at the new pot store will pay a three percent local tax. And the company itself will also pay Pittsfield up to three percent of all sales.

The first Berkshire County recreational pot store opened on January 11 in Great Barrington.

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