The first day of legal weed sales in Rhode Island Thursday was, well, mellow – punctuated by a 96-year-old war veteran buying a pot... How did Rhode Island’s first day of retail marijuana sales go? Pretty mellow.

The first day of legal weed sales in Rhode Island Thursday was, well, mellow – punctuated by a 96-year-old war veteran buying a pot cookie to have with his coffee and a state senator picking up some cannabis-infused stocking-stuffers for friends.

Absent at the five medical marijuana dispensaries that turned attention to recreational-use sales for the first time were any reports of long lines or traffic snarls like those that greeted the openings of the first pot shops in Massachusetts in 2018.

Back then, no other Northeast state had recreational sales, and the novelty drew wide attention. Today only New Hampshire remains without an adult-use program. And Rhode Island marijuana users have been buying all the pot they want for years at the many Massachusetts stores situated along the border.

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Still, the morning wasn’t without some last-minute jockeying among the dispensaries to see which would host that first Rhode Island recreational sale.

After reading in The Journal Wednesday that RISE of Warwick planned a 5:45 a.m. ribbon cutting, Joseph Pakuris, co-owner of Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket, said he called upon one of his marijuana suppliers, Karen Ballou, to get to his Pawtucket dispensary before then.

[Read more at The Providence Journal]

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