No one ever tasted Massachusetts’ most famous chocolate bar. And now, no one likely ever will.
Just over three years ago, as the clocked ticked toward 8 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2018, Northampton’s Mayor, David Narkewicz, stepped to the counter of the New England Treatment Access dispensary, forked over $24 and became the first person to legally purchase marijuana in Massachusetts.
Now, with the mayor 20 days away from leaving office, the 50 mg chocolate bar he bought at NETA will be immortalized at Historic Northampton, the city’s museum of local history. Never eaten nor opened.
The bar was instead cased in a custom-made plexiglass box and adorned with a plaque commemorating the momentous day for the state.
In 2016, Massachusetts voted to allow recreational pot use across the commonwealth after four years of legal medical marijuana. But it would be more than two years until the Cannabis Control Commission granted approval to NETA and Leicester’s Cultivate dispensary to open the state’s first retail weed shops.
The chocolate bar, in reality packing closer to 54 mg of THC, contained 10 servings of dark chocolate squares. After Narkewicz’ bought it in 2018, he brought the bar to Rusty Wilkinson, a Northampton local who owns Award 1