Marijuana lessons learned from Leicester: As pot shops roll out, towns brace for customer ‘onslaught’ – News – southcoasttoday.comPosted by On

Plan. Plan. Plan.

That’s the advice Leicester Police Chief James J. Hurley is giving fellow community leaders after a barrage of marijuana-seeking out-of-towners descended on his central Massachusetts town, knotting traffic and frustrating local residents.

“We always say, ‘Plan for the worst and hope for the best,’” Hurley said. “We got the worst.”

Legal sales of recreational marijuana started on Nov. 20, and Leicester, bordering Worcester to the west, was one of two towns where sales were allowed. The milestone in marijuana legalization attracted thousands and customers spent $2.2 million on marijuana products between two stores in the first five days, according to a report by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

At times, the queue of cars waiting to…

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