Cold temperatures couldn't stop people from setting foot inside the state's first recreational pot shops on Tuesday.
Customers waited for several hours to say they made history, with New England Treatment Access in Northampton closing their doors at 10 p.m. after opening 14 hours earlier, and others making their purchases out at Cultivate in Leicester.
"About an hour and a half, but you know it's worth it!" customer Georgia Costigian said after her wait.
People were turned away if they were unable to get inside the story by 10 p.m. Tuesday night, but people that were inside the store were able to stay until they made their purchase.
"We've been waiting for this for quite a while." Dylan and Marty Egyes said at NETA. "We wouldn't have missed this for the world."
Police officers were on site to make sure the night ran smoothly, and it did.
By 3 p.m., 1,000 transactions had been made. By the end of the night, 1,000 more had come through.
Dylan and Marty Eges said the moment was worth the wait. Dylan suffers from a seizure disorder, and says cannabis is the only thing that can help.
"It is something that I've been waiting for the longest time, so I can now access it without a worry," they said. "She has dizziness, and that’s a big thing and it’s really helped a lot."
The pair purchased nearly $300 in products, including vape pens, edibles and pre-rolled joints, and the high price didn't deter them.
"I put away like 500 dollars away for this," Dylan Eges said. "I expected it to be a lot of money. It’s really special, it’s really great."
Once inside, customers stood in yet another line before they were able to make their purchase.
"She knew a lot about the flower and about the product, and they told me exactly what I was looking for," Longmeadow native Ethan Grant said.
Some say it's only a matter of time until recreational marijuana is the norm.
"I think it’s great," North Attleboro native Patrick Johnson said. "I think they’ll realize afterwards how much money they’re making off the taxes, and more states will follow."
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