A guide to shopping at the Salem recreational pot shop

Leicester, MA., 11/07/2018 Double Dutch Soda medical marijuana at Cultivate Holdings. This is one of the first pot shops set to start selling recreational marijuana. It currently sells medical marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Before you head to Salem, these are the things you need to know about the third pot shop in Massachusetts.

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Alternative Therapies Group will begin recreational sales — by appointment only — on Saturday morning.

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Critics, including legislators who drafted the marijuana laws, have accused local officials of routinely shaking down pot companies for payments far in excess of the legal limit.

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The Greater Springfield YMCA apologized to its members after a letter threatening to call the authorities on parents who smell like marijuana drew a backlash.

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Vermont State Police have ended a longstanding program that used military helicopters to search for illegal marijuana farms.

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A marijuana tax would not create a “big windfall” for Vermont if sales were to become legal, the state’s tax commissioner told fellow members of an advisory board.

ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, FEB. 1 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - This Sept. 23, 2014 file photo shows a close-up view of a hemp plant cut down at a University of Kentucky farm near Lexington, Ky. Some South Dakota lawmakers are attempting to overcome perceptions about hemp’s family ties to marijuana to explore the economic potential of the crop with a bill patterned after North Dakota’s industrial hemp law. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

Dylan Lovan/Associated Press/File

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

Hemp is about to become legal nationwide.

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What is believed to be Maine’s first medical marijuana convenience store is scheduled to open in Portland this week.

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After a volatile year, cannabis and tech stocks in Canada could be priming for another run in 2019, with commodities leading the charge.

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Nebraska voters may get the chance to decide a medical marijuana ballot measure in 2020 if lawmakers don’t approve one in the session that starts next month.

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A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.

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Maps & Resources

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Data released by the Cannabis Control Commission show where marijuana operators have set up shop and where they hope to.

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A review of local restrictions heightens concerns that the early adult-use pot market will be smaller than many consumers expected.

Globe Magazine

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From ganja-friendly getaways to weed-enhanced yoga, a look at the new pot leisure economy.