RCBJ-Audible (Listen For Free) New York Towns Watching Cannabis Industry Take Off In Neighboring Berkshire Region, As Deadline For Opting Out Has Passed
By Tina Traster
It’s mid-morning on the last day of 2021 and the charming streets in Great Barrington, MA are unusually serene, if not a bit ghostly. Restaurants and the many upscale shops in this year-round resort in the Berkshire Hills about two hours from Rockland County are winding down for New Year’s Eve. Even parking isn’t difficult.
Conversely, patrons are packed wall-to-wall in this town’s cannabis dispensaries, four of which sit within a two-mile span along the main stretch of town. The crowds, ranging from woolen beanie-wearing millennials to gray-haired retirees, jockey for room as they peruse the well-appointed shelves or queue up for the dispensary to fill their cannabis orders.
At first glance –once you get past the non-descript security check-in desks that ask to see government-issued ID – both Calyx Berkshire Dispensary and Farnsworth Dispensary resemble beautiful jewelry stores with arched backlit shelves, carefully appointed displays, bright lighting, blond flooring, and whimsical design. Theory Wellness, the first recreational cannabis dispensary to open in town in 2019 a bit