The First Two Legal Marijuana Customers In Mass. Have Been Picked

Two veterans, including Northampton’s mayor, will make the state’s first purchases

Two veterans, including the mayor of Northampton, will be the first customers in  Massachusetts’ new recreational marijuana marketplace after they were selected to make the first purchases—an historic moment for the legal pot movement.

Stephen Mandile, a 41-year-old Iraq veteran and Uxbridge resident, will be first in line at Cultivate, a dispensary in Leicester. Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, an Air Force veteran, will make the inaugural transaction at New England Treatment Access in his city.

“I get to make history,” Mandile tells the Boston Globe, adding that he’s “pumped to break the stigma and the weird, scary aura people want to put around cannabis.” A longtime advocate for legalization, Mandile has spoken publicly about using marijuana to get off of opiates he was prescribed after sustaining serious injuries overseas, and has made it his mission to help other veterans do the same. Hoping to make his case to Gov. Charlie Baker himself, he once slept outside the State House.


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