Nestled in the rolling hills of Berkshire County, in the western edge of Massachusetts, are a number of cannabis businesses that for more than four years have been the closest place for New Yorkers to legally buy marijuana.
In that time, Massachusetts shops have seen a healthy portion of their customer base come from across the border from New York to shop. How will this customer demographic and revenue base shift with New York becoming the 16th state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana?
Berkshire dispensaries shouldn’t fear competition from over the border — at least not for now, said Erik Williams, chief operating officer of Canna Provisions in Lee. “I think it’s going to be another solid year and a half, almost two years after that first store opens before there’s any competition with product selection.”
This is because New York still needs to build the infrastructure to supply the huge demand for legal marijuana. Building a whole industry from the ground up takes time. Like every other state legally selling marijuana, all cannabis sold within New York must be grown in-state, in keeping with federal regulations prohibiting the interstate movement of controlled substances.