Arizona launched its first adult-use cannabis sales Jan. 22, with the state’s mature medical cannabis industry—which was legalized by a voter-approved initiative in 2010—pivoting quickly to meet the demands of a broader consumer base.
The Mint applied for adult-use licenses at its dispensary locations in Mesa and Tempe when the application became available Jan. 19.
“[Regulators] were saying it wasn’t going to take until March to make a decision, that once you applied and put in all your paperwork for your rec license, as long as you had enough employees to be able to service [the adult-use market] and you had all the requisites, they were going to process [the application] in two to three days,” says Raul Molina, The Mint’s co-founder and chief operating officer.
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The Mint planned to launch adult-use sales at 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 22, but lines had formed around the building by 1 p.m., after the company sent out text and email notifications.
Around midday on Jan. 22, The Mint received word that its adult-use applications had been approved, and it immediately sent text and email notifications to its customer base, announcing that it would launch its first adult-use sales at 4:20 p.m. that same day. As soon as the alerts went out, Molina says people started showing up, and the dispensaries had lines around the building by 1 p.m.
Arizona is currently experiencing a cold snap, Molina says, with rain and temperatures in the 40s, but the bad weather has not deterred customers, who continue to line up at The Mint’s dispensary locations.
“The crowds have been incredible,” Molina says. “It feels like a party atmosphere. There’s music playing. Everybody is getting along and sharing stories of what they’ve tried or what they’re going to try. People are coming