The launch of adult-use marijuana sales in Rhode Island was “pretty mellow,” without the long lines outside of stores or product shortages often associated with the opening of a new market.
The state’s first legal adult-use marijuana sale happened shortly after a Rise store in Warwick opened at 5:45 a.m. ET last Thursday, according to Providence TV station WLNE.
However, Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket might have won the race by inviting a supplier to make a purchase at 5:30 a.m., the Providence Journal reported.
Mother Earth co-owner Joe Parkuris told Cranston TV station WJAR that roughly 2,000 customers came through the store between Thursday and Saturday.
Rhode Island’s adult-use market is expected to generate $80 million in sales in the first year and $300 million by the fourth year, according to MJBizDaily projections.