South Shores first recreational dispensary opens in Rockland – Enterprise News

The recreational marijuana dispensary had been in the works for four years before its grand opening Thursday.

ROCKLAND — The South Shore’s first recreational marijuana dispensary held its grand opening in Rockland Thursday afternoon after a soft opening weeks earlier.

CannaVana owner Mario Chiuccariello, of Winchester, said the opening has been four years in the works. His original vision was for a medical marijuana dispensary, but those plans changed when Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana.

Chiuccariello said the dispensary had a soft opening on July 30 attended by family, friends and Rockland residents before the grand opening on Thursday.

He said business has been consistent with the daily number of customers averaging 225, but he expects that to increase within the next month to 600 to 1,000, and then plateau, at least until another dispensary opens in Rockland.

So far the longest line has been 10 people, although 50 percent of the sales are curbside pickup, with orders coming in from the company’s website.

He said the soft opening has allowed himself and the staff to work out the kinks in the system without creating a backup or too much delay for the customers. The biggest bottleneck has been the ID check process and he turned away a few customers with identification cards that expired in March before checking with the police department that the cards can be accepted, as he said.

“We’ve had some hiccups at the point of sale, and with our internet providers,” he said.

Internet connectivity problems led Chiuccariello to get service from both major providers in Rockland, Comcast and Verizon, but bandwidth issues remain. The business is cash or debit only and Chiuccariello said he has not run into coin shortage issues yet, which have been reported across the country, but he said he would not

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