Recreational marijuana legalization changes landscape for Missoula dispensaries
MISSOULA, — We spoke with several Missoula dispensaries to find out how the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana in Montana, which took effect on January 1, has affected business.
Employees at Garden Mother say foot traffic has more than quadrupled since recreational marijuana sales began, and they’ve learned that what was once a hectic day is now considered an easy day.
“And we sort of walked them through the process, educated them on how to eat the flower or any other product that they’re utilizing if they needed to,” Garden Mother budtender Nicole Hobday added.
According to Hobday, budtenders assist in product selection by determining “what would be a reasonable strength level for them to satisfy their requirements without making them feel uncomfortable?”
The inflow of fresh faces is also a pattern at Greener Pastures, another Missoula dispensary.
“It’s been nice; it’s kept us busy all week,” said Zachery Davidson, a budtender at Greener Pastures.
While each marijuana shop has a unique ambiance and inventory, they all seem eager to assist consumers.
“I enjoy it when consumers come in with a lot of questions, particularly if they’ve never tried cannabis before,” Davidson told MTN News.
“I prefer to be the first one to be able to…help them with what they want to do for their pain or whatever it is that they need cannabis for,” he stated.
Davidson said that the industry is still ironing out the bugs in the recreational launch and that “there are some things that still need to be sorted out.”
Meanwhile, at Firefly, a tucked-away dispensary designed to seem like a coffee shop, the first day of recreational sales resulted in a queue out the door.
“Somehow, people discovered us. “We were swamped that day and shattered several records,” said Firefly owner Jerry Spurlock.
Spurlock also told MTN News that selling adult-use recreational marijuana had altered the local sector.
“I appreciate how people can move about freely.” They may get a wide range of things from a variety of sources. And I believe it’s a beautiful idea. It’s beneficial to the community, in my opinion. It’s beneficial for the employment market.”
When new laws and regulations are implemented in Montana, we will prepare the industry people we interviewed.
“However, in this specific business, it’s changed so much since I began.” Even when it was purely medical, it changed multiple times due to new laws and regulations,” Spurlock said. “I’m expecting the same thing to happen here.”