CCC issues final recreational licenses to two more pot shops

A prisoner in South Carolina has filed a lawsuit over the state prison department's refusal to give him marijuana as pasrt of his Rastafarian religion.

BOSTON — Following the opening of the state's third retail marijuana store this weekend, the CCC announced Monday they've issued two more recreational licenses.

According to a tweet, I.N.S.A., Inc. in Easthampton and Verilife (Pharmacannis Massachusetts Inc.) in Wareham were given the final OK to start selling recreational marijuana, becoming the 4th and 5th pot shops to open in the East Coast.

Verilife, which has been operating as a medical marijuana dispensary since 2015, was initially set to open on Monday, Dec. 17, but citing "unexpected delays at the state level" announced their opening day had been postponed.

Now, with the CCC's licensing approval, both Verilife and I.N.S.A., Inc will be able to begin retail sales as early as Friday, Dec. 21.

So far, Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton have raked in more than $7 million in sales.

There were no updated sales figures available for Alternative Therapies Group in Salem since their grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 15.