Connecticut cannabis shops open, Massachusetts businesses brace for impact

Thomas Macre has visited recreational cannabis shops in Massachusetts. He has seen Connecticut plates in the parking lot and thought about the Connecticut money going into the till. Soon, as a co-owner and manager of Still River Wellness in Torrington, Connecticut, Macre will be in a position to keep those shoppers and their money at home,

“I’m hoping that, besides the travel, we will be able to provide the products and the experience to recapture those consumers and have them visit us,” Macre said last week. Still, River is one of nine Connecticut medical cannabis dispensaries licensed to also sell to recreational customers, adult-use in industry parlance.

Connecticut has given the nine dispensaries — located in New Haven, Branford, Newington, Stamford, Willimantic, Danbury, Montville, and Meriden, as well as Torrington — permission to open on January 10.

The advent of Connecticut pot shops hits the Massachusetts cannabis industry at a tough time. Beset with an oversupply, wholesale prices for cannabis products have fallen. A gram of flower cost $12.86 a year ago and just $8.07 this week, according to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

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