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A dispensary coming to Brookline!

Before it can open, which is expected in about two to four weeks, NETA must register its inventory with the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system and pass a final inspection. Then, it will receive a “commence operations” notice.

“When that process is complete, we will be pleased to announce an opening date for adult-use sales in Brookline,” Amanda Rositano, director of compliance at NETA, said in a statement.

NETA sits near the Brookline Village stop of the MBTA’s Green Line Dbranch and the Riverway stop of the Green Line E branch, as well as several bus route stops. Street parking is limited; customers are being asked to take public transportation.

“We’ve been here 15 years, and it’s been difficult to park here for 15 years,” said Josh Ziskin, who owns La Morra, an Italian restaurant nearby. “The only negative I see is the parking.”

Residents and business owners in the area on Thursday largely supported NETA’s move to recreational sales, but most worried about the traffic.

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Lines would form for “anything new,” Ziskin said, adding, “If there was an IKEA opening across the street, the lines would be the same.”

NETA does not plan to require appointments as a way to reduce traffic, a measure taken by Alternative Therapies Group in December when it opened its store in Salem. (ATG temporarily closed for nonmedical sales last month amid problems keeping track of its inventory.)

NETA does offer an app, Reserve Ahead, that allows people to place orders before arriving at the store for a “quick in-and-out experience.” However, those customers will still have to wait in line to pick up their purchases, police said.

Brookline police expect thousands of customers on opening weekend, said Lieutenant Michael Raskin, who has been preparing with NETA for months. At the town’s request, Raskin said, the store has agreed to open on a Saturday to give the police time to smooth out any kinks in the system before weekday traffic resumes.

“A lot of this is an unknown because this will be one of the first retail operations in the metro Boston area,” Raskin said. “They think that after a week or so, it’ll die down a little bit, but it really remains to be seen.”