Recreational marijuana industry positioned to take off

This time last year legal weed was the big item on the ballot. Now, there are signs the recreational marijuana industry is ready to take off.

A cannabis company called The Apothecarium opened its flagship medical marijuana dispensary Friday in Maplewood with hopes to also serve the adult recreational market once legal weed sales begin. The site is the company’s largest East Coast store and is the state’s 17th medical marijuana dispensary.

Medical distributors are likely to get the first shot at selling to those 21 and older, but will first have to show they have enough supply for patients — more than 100,000 across the state. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission is still developing regulations for the industry and license requirements. Towns will have until mid-August to decide if they want to pass an ordinance blocking the industry from growing or selling within town lines.

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