Recreational marijuana sales to start in Fall River this weekend

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Recreational marijuana sales will begin in Fall River this weekend while less than 10 minutes away Portsmouth “goes purple” for the annual THP Project Purple Initiative. 

This year celebrates seven years of the THP Project Purple Initiative, a national initiative of The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by Portsmouth resident Chris Herren, a former NBA basketball player, motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate. The Herren Project assists individuals and families struggling with addiction through treatment navigation, education and mentoring.

While Portsmouth “goes purple” to join the initiative, including decorating town landmarks and buildings in purple lights, and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority turning the Sakonnet River Bridge “purple,” legal marijuana sales will officially begin minutes away in Fall River. Recreational marijuana (sales and possession) remain illegal in Rhode Island. 

Northeast Alternatives, located at 999 William S. Canning Boulevard, directly off Route 24, will officially begin recreational marijuana on Sunday, Jan. 20. This marks the first recreational marijuana sales in southern Massachusetts. 

Northeast Alternatives announced the official start on Facebook Wednesday. 


Interested buyers will be required to download a QLess app and register prior to visiting the marijuana dispensary. Registration for the virtual line will not begin until 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Official sales will begin at noon. Anyone not registered in the virtual line will be unable to park at the dispensary. “Walk-ins” will not be allowed. 

Medical patients will be able to proceed directly to the parking lot and to a separate line at any time during open hours. The dispensary will be open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Full instructions on how to use the QLess app will be posted on Northeast Alternatives social media platforms on Friday. 

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