BUTTE – January 1 is a historic day in Montana as people can legally purchase recreational marijuana for the first time and many Butte dispensaries anticipate a busy and uncertain New Year.
“Try to be over-prepared, if anything, and prepare for a storm and hope we just handle it like professionals,” said Matt Boyle, owner of Collective Elevation in Butte.
Many are concerned that the supply will meet the expected high demand.
“Will there be enough flowers in the state to meet demand? And I think that’s a big question for many vendors, ”says Evan Kajander, owner of Apogee Gardens in Butte.
John Emeigh – MTN NEWS
January 1 is a historic day in Montana as people can legally purchase recreational marijuana for the first time and many butte dispensaries anticipate a busy and unsafe New Year.
With around 40,000 medical marijuana patients in Montana since 2016, pharmacy owners say many customers stock up on cannabis when supplies run out.
“It’s a bit like the Covid toilet paper mentality where ‘I have to make sure I have enough’ and therefore the other person may not be able to get anything,” Boyle said.
Recreational cannabis sales are taxed at 20 percent, and Butte-Silver Bow is considering a 3 percent local tax. Vendors accept these potential taxes on their products.
“Because I think everyone should have access to cannabis, I think it’s a safer alternative to opioids, I think it’s safer than alcohol. People should just have access, ”said Kajander.
At Apogee Gardens, they stock up on edibles, concentrates, buds or flowers because they are really looking forward to a big opening day.
“Next year there will be a lot of sales, so a lot of tax revenue, and that’s a big thing for the state,” said Kajander.
Boyle added, “As someone who has fought for a long time, it’s good to see it’s finally over.”
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