Sahuarita’s lone medical marijuana dispensary started selling for recreational use Monday, and it didn’t take long for word to get out.
Chelsea Mulligan, director of operations for Hana, said the dispensary didn’t market that recreational was available to give staff time to ease into the change.
The soft opening didn’t stop local enthusiasm for new availability in Sahuarita. Mulligan said she expected about 26 people to show up Monday, but the location saw 56 people on word-of-mouth alone.
“I feel like it was a pretty successful day,” she said. “The staff seemed happy. We got a lot of people who came in and they’re like, ‘Are the rumors true? The guy at the gas station told me you’re selling recreational.'”
Ruth Richards at one of Hana’s computers on the sales floor. Hana started recreational sales Monday.
Opening recreational sales this early came as a surprise to Mulligan and the staff, who initially expected state licensing to take until early April after voters approved recreational marijuana in November.
“None of us knew they would approve licenses as fast as they did,” she said. “We were all under the impression that it would be a normal application process and nothing would be approved until the end of applications.”
But Mulligan said the state started approving applications while the process went along.
And with Hana’s license approved, Mulligan said they decided to start recreational sales on short notice since it’s the only location in the Sahuarita and Green Valley area. The shop is at 1732 W. Duval Commerce Point Place, at the opposite end of the plaza as The Animal League of Green Valley.
“We felt it