The First Day of Recreational Marijuana Sales in Columbia, a Dispensary Emphasised “safe, Accessible” Access!

Marijuana for recreational use is now legal in Columbia for anyone over the age of 21.

After the Columbia city council approved licence and zoning rules on Monday night, Tuesday was the first day of legal sales within city limits. The city’s staff had been planning the licence conversion’s immediate implementation for the past month to six weeks.

High Profile, located at 1500 Interstate 70 Drive SW, had a short line of customers waiting outside before opening at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Abby Kramer, the area manager, said that the dispensary had anticipated the increased foot traffic for Tuesday and had prepared by creating separate check-in lines for medical and recreational customers and by adding more point-of-sale stations and staff.

Green Releaf, Hippos Marijuana Dispensary, Shangri-La, 3Fifteen Primo Cannabis, and Good Day Farm are a few of the other dispensaries in Columbia.

High Profile sells a variety of cannabis products, including flowers, edibles, tinctures, infused beverages, and medical-focused products like transdermal patches, lotions, and balms. Residents of Missouri are permitted to buy up to three ounces of marijuana in its dried form. This is equivalent to ingesting 24 grammes of a concentrate or consuming 2,400 milligrammes of THC in infused foods or beverages.

“We are committed to making it easy for people to get their hands on cannabis in a secure environment… Because of this, the community and education surrounding it, as well as (the ability to) prevent excessive consumption, will improve “Says Kramer. We know that medical customers are what kept this industry afloat, so they go to the front of the line.

In the future, we will adhere to that procedure. High Profile budtenders wear gloves whenever they’re making sales to shield the cannabis from being tainted by their own skin oils and to protect customers’ purchases. Non-prepackaged items are dosed out using tongs and precision scales.

After the state of Missouri legalised recreational sales on Friday, High Profile was able to open two more of its five Missouri locations for recreational sales on Saturday. Kramer claimed that some store visitors acted on pure curiosity.

Kramer hypothesised that this was due to consumers’ “excitement” at the prospect of legally purchasing lab-tested cannabis. “Many people of various ages, social classes, and sexes are interested. They are curious as to whether or not you would like to incorporate it into your daily routine.”

At a recent Narcan demonstration and distribution, health educators from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services stressed the risk of fentanyl contamination in marijuana purchased on the street. However, Kramer added, the presence of mould in a product sold on the street also raises safety concerns.

“Mold is terrifying to breathe in, and we have tests for mould and other (safety) testing,” she said. “For a very long time… I participated in the underground market. Wow, I had no idea Missouri was trying to start such a progressive uprising. To a great extent, my interest lies in the medical aspect.”

More people have been hired in the months since the recreational marijuana amendment passed, she said, so the transition from medical to recreational use is exciting because it gives people a place and a chance to work.

“At our five offices, we saw an increase of over a hundred workers. About twenty people were added to the staff of each store “Kramer. “They have latent abilities they haven’t had a chance to develop. My anticipation for this sector’s future expansion is palpable. All it needs to be is secure and convenient for people to use. I really can’t stress that enough.

“There is a lot of junk out there, but at least here you can trust that someone is watching what you eat. To put it simply, that appeals to me.”

The Missouri Cannabis Trade Association reported that the opening weekend’s sales of marijuana totalled over $12 million, with $5 million sold on the first day.

Approximately two-thirds of all purchases were for non-medical purposes.

“In a press release, Andrew Mullins, executive director of MoCannTrade, said, “Our industry was adamant that we would be ready on day one to deliver for Missourians, but I never would have imagined this type of reception.” It’s incredible that you were able to outsell Illinois on day one of the sales.

According to MoCannTrade, Illinois had about $3.1 million in sales on the first day of recreational sales in 2020.

“These first-weekend sales figures demonstrate both the success of the Missouri Department of Health’s cannabis legalisation programme and the enthusiasm of Missouri residents. There’s still time for the best, “According to Mullins had to say.

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