BROOKLINE - Neighbors of the Brookline pot shot NETA are sharing their frustrations following the opening of the first recreational facility located near Boston.
According to neighbors, since opening in March the shop is wreaking havoc in their streets as patrons of NETA urinate in their yards, utilize a majority of their street parking and smoke marijuana right near their homes.
"Several times a week, there is someone smoking pot in front of my house," Anna Otero told NECN.
For neighbor Sloan Furniss, seeing individuals urinating in the middle of the day near and in her yard is a typical occurrence.
"I really can't avoid seeing it, and it has really become a constant part of my life," Furniss said Friday night.
Neighbor Dan Salesman is also experiencing the same frustrations.
"My wife walked out of house with our kids going to a soccer game, and there is this guy peeing in the bushes, and it's like, how many times does that have to happen?" Saltzman shared.
Amanda Rositano, the president of NETA, believes that the individuals urinating in the Brookline neighborhood could be patrons of other establishments.
"Bathroom accessibility is not an issue here,” Rositano commented on Friday. "There is a lot going on in Brookline Village. There is a lot of new development. There is a lot of construction happening, new projects going on, so I think there is a lot of activity in the neighborhood, and it's easy to point a finger at NETA, but I think there are other reasons that are impacts in the neighborhood, as well.”
Heather Hamilton of the Brookline Select Board has commented on the matter, explaining that the recreational pot shop is new territory for the city while pointing out that the board is trying to find the best way to address concerns from all side.
"It is difficult, there are a lot of unknowns. We have learned a lot since we granted them the license," Hamilton said. "There is more volume than anyone anticipated.”
"We need to see other stores opening in Boston and the surrounding communities so that we can really best judge how much traffic and volume we are going to see over the long term," Hamilton shared. "We are definitely listening and we are trying to find a happy medium.”
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