FALL RIVER — Jay says he buys high-quality pot in Fall River not to get a buzz but to help him fall asleep.

“I have horrible insomnia, and it helps me a lot,” said the 38-year-old Warwick resident, who didn’t want to reveal his last name.

Jay says he’s not eligible for a medical cannabis card in Rhode Island — which is why he spends up to $200 every two months at the Northeast Alternatives dispensary on William S. Canning Boulevard off of Route 24 near the Tiverton line.

More:State stalls Northeast Alternatives pot license citing ties to Jasiel Correia investigation

“I have no choice but to come here,” Jay said on a recent weekday afternoon, as he held a small customer bag containing both smokable weed and cannabis wax, which is a concentrated form of cannabis oil.

Northeast Alternatives is one of three adult retail marijuana dispensaries operating in Fall River. It was also the first, opening for medical marijuana sales in 2018 and recreational sales in 2019.

More:Northeast Alternatives seeks to open its second retail pot shop in Swansea

Another three groups of investors, including one former Fall River mayor, have plans to open dispensaries before the end of 2021. All three projects also include plans

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