The buzziest getaway for New Yorkers? The Berkshires for legal pot – New York Post

It’s peak leaf-peeping season in New England, with New Yorkers flocking to the Berkshires of Massachusetts to enjoy the views. And some are also checking out foliage of a different kind.

The bucolic town of Sheffield, Mass., has become a weekend hotspot for Big Apple residents who want to get high while they get away from the stresses of the city.

It’s the home of New York State’s closest legal pot emporium, a well-lit and art-adorned operation called The Pass.

“It looks just like an Apple store in here,” Manhattanite Perry O., who does audio-visual work for live productions, told The Post on a recent stop. He noted that there’s a certain etiquette when shopping: “You have to say flower or cannabis. Nobody calls it weed.

“My friends in New York are always asking me to bring back some. We like the pre-rolls [joints]; they come in a cute pack.”

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts since 2016, but Perry — like other Pass customers from NYC that The Post interviewed — asked that his surname be held simply because there’s a perception that it’s illicit.

Ian Collins, wholesale manager, and Ally Brown, marketing manager, at The Pass — a Marijuana Dispensary in the Berkshires.

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Young Cannabis plants under fluorescent lights.

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Mature Cannabis plants drying up.

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Perry O., customer from NYC.

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The Pass — a Marijuana Dispensary in the Berkshires.

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Still, not everyone is high on the results. “I came up here to camp with friends for a few days and see the leaves; I figured the weed would be a good enhancer ,” said Ariel, a 23-year-old from the Bronx. But she was disappointed by the dispensary’s limited selection — “Right now we have 17 strains of flower awaiting approval at the testing lab,” said Weld — and bummed by the low potency of the edibles. “Massachusetts lets you have five milligrams of THC per serving [as opposed to the 10mg allowed in California],” Ariel said. “I guess I’ll start by eating two.”

But a day trip to The Pass — complete with epic leaf-watching and lunch at The Marketplace, a nearby farm-to-table joint — feels like a self-care concern to one software programmer from Long Island City. “I usually have a guy delivering to me,” he said. “But with COVID, I’ve stopped feeling comfortable about him coming inside my apartment. This seems safer.”

As he left, he tossed his bag of vape cartridges and pot-infused candies onto the front seat of his rented sedan. But before he could head back to New York, an employee called out friendly advice: “You want to put that bag in the trunk. You don’t want to get stopped and rub it in a cop’s face.”