Missoulians line up at dispensaries on first day of recreational cannabis sales

Jordan Hansen

Missoulians lined up across town and dispensaries saw their products fly off the shelves on Saturday, marking the start of a new year and the opening day of recreational cannabis sales in Montana.

At some locations, such as Starrbuds on Broadway Street, lines formed prior to opening on Saturday morning. The long build-up to recreational legalization gave local businesses plenty of time to prepare, and while some popular strains of marijuana flower, such as pineapple express, sold out quickly, dispensaries seemed to have plenty of stock — at least for now.

“I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, it’s been a long, hard road,” said The Higher Standard owner JJ Thomas, taking a short break from stocking and delivering products to his stores across the state on Saturday. “I’m just thankful we made it to opening day. There’s so many different emotions about that and I think the biggest one I have is just that I’m thankful. We definitely worked hard to get here.”

While the day is a fulfilled dream for many dispensary owners, including Thomas, it’s also a much-anticipated day for consumers in Missoula.

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