Residents of a small Massachusetts town have a blunt message for so-called “cannabis tourists” – keep off our streets.
The Cultivate legal marijuana shop opened last week in Leicester, drawing huge crowds – and headaches for residents who gripe that the pot-seeking patrons are congesting the streets.
An emergency town meeting was reportedly called Monday by community leaders angered by the massive increase in traffic since Nov. 20, when Massachusetts opened legal pot shops in Leicester and Northampton.
“We have cars outside our house 7 days a week, 12 hours a day,” one woman said, according to CBS.
Added another, “I can’t even get out of my driveway! It took me 20 minutes to get out of my driveway today alone!”
Leicester is a town of just over 10,000 people, and Police Chief James Hurley reportedly noted that Cultivate’s popularity was not anticipated, meaning the town did not plan ahead for crowds of hundreds.
Representatives for the store told CBS they’re working hard to improve congestion, and efforts include additional parking spaces and more security.
Despite the blowback, business is booming for bud boutiques, as the Leicester and Northampton shops reportedly pulled in more than $2.2 million in sales during their first five days of business.