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Montana cannabis stores open to happy customers braving freezing temps

It was three degrees this morning in Missoula, MT, but that didn’t stop customers from lining up for the first day of legal marijuana sales. When the clock struck 10 a.m., the happy Montanais flocked to the Spark1 dispensary – now licensed for sale to anyone aged 21 and over – in downtown Missoula.

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Customers line up in 3-degree temperatures outside Spark1 in Missoula on New Years Day, ready to buy on the first day of selling adult marijuana in Montana. (Photo: Ariana Newton)

David Williams was one of the first customers to walk through the door after waiting outside for almost half an hour in freezing temperatures. A big fan of concentrates, Williams bought six grams of different shatter and two varieties of crumble.

“These people online are so excited,” he told Leafly.

At the start of the sales, the staff were simply giddy. “It feels like a lot of hard work is happening,” said Marc Lax, CEO of Spark1.

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Spark1 CEO Marc Lax expects the first clients of 2022 (Photo: Max Savage Levenson)

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Voters in Montana agreed to legalize and regulate cannabis for all adults in the November 2020 election, with the passage of Initiative 190. It became legal to own up to an ounce a year ago – January 1st. 1, 2021, but it took an additional year for Montana’s retail licensing system to be up and running.

Across the state, businesses are flourishing today. Spark1 was not the only store with a large influx of customers.

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Greenhouse Farmacy co-owner Brian Monahan worked at the counter this morning. (Photo: Max Savage Levenson)

“It’s crazy. We had people here an hour before the opening,” said Brian Monahan, co-owner of Greenhouse farm in Missoula. “People were calling at 6 am this morning, and we were here until 4:30 am the day before. It was a 20-person line at 9 a.m. and hasn’t stopped since then.

“This is the fullest our batch has ever been,” added Catherine Cornell of Gardens of the Apogees, talking about the excited customers gathering in front of their Victor the shop.

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“Customers have a lot of questions,” said McKenzie Shoults, director of Collective Elevation at Missoula. (Photo: Ariana Newton)

New customers, unsurprisingly, have a lot to ask of budtenders. “Customers have a lot of questions about terpenes,” said McKenzie Shoults, director of Collective elevation in Missoula. “What are the strains with the highest percentage?” What can they buy? ”

Sierra Rose and Calen Hengle make their first purchase from Zen Medicine in Missoula. “It’s great to be here,” Hengle said. (Photo: Max Savage Levenson)

Max Savage Levenson

Max Savage Levenson has arguably the lowest cannabis tolerance of any Rhythm Cannabis author. He also writes on music for Pitchfork, Bandcamp and other spectacle folk. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. Her dream interview is Tyler the Creator.

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