Arizona dispensaries to see a spike in product demand – Downtown Devil


With Proposition 207 passed, marijuana dispensaries around the state are expecting an increase in sales. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Arizona medical-marijuana dispensaries are projected to see an extensive increase in sales with the passing of Proposition 207, the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Dispensaries across the state are preparing for a boom in revenue. Because of this, businesses are seeing an influx of new customers along with a heightened demand for product.

With the passing of Prop. 207, a state-wide recreational licensing system for dispensaries will be implemented. This will start with existing medical marijuana dispensaries that will choose to sell recreationally, according to a document from the Arizona Department of Health.

Some dispensaries, however, are still deciding whether to sell recreationally or not.

Heidi Ishmel, a “budtender” at Nirvana Center Dispensary located at 35th Ave. and McDowell Road, said that the prospect of acquiring a recreational license is “still up in the air.”

“It’s easier to be just strictly medical,” Ishmel said. “I predict it would be overwhelming for us if we got a recreational license. There would be an abundance of patients in line everyday which would require more employees.”

Some customers think that Prop. 207 “instantly” legalized marijuana, which is “far from the truth,” Ishmel said.

She said there were people trying to buy product without a medical card the day after the election.

“People think the legalization process will happen overnight, but it takes time. For any dispensary, recreational sales begin around March,” Ishmel said.

Ishmel said that although more dispensaries may appear in Phoenix, she’s not worried about losing any business because of competition.

The Nirvana Center Dispensary in Tempe, located at Hardy Drive and Broadway Road, is going through similar changes, but is more open to getting a recreational license.

Sales will “absolutely” increase with a recreational

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