CENTRAL FALLS – Rhode Island’s fifth medical marijuana dispensary opened this week, with all intentions of selling cannabis to recreational users as well on Dec. 1, when sale of the drug becomes legal in the state.
Aura of Rhode Island opened its doors Monday at 1136 Lonsdale Ave., near the Lincoln line, in a renovated brick building that once housed Crest Distributors, a ceramic tile company.
While the dispensary for now will cater only to registered medical marijuana patients with valid state-issued identity cards, it expects to be doing more recreational business than medical sales come December, said Operations Manager Andrew Croan.
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That point is well illustrated by the dispensary’s layout.
During a tour of the facility Thursday, Croan explained how the dispensary’s sleek sales counter – with a beam of neon blue light at the base – will have five cash-register stations reserved for recreational sales and two stations for medical sales.
(As per state regulation, the dispensary will also have separate doors for customers to use depending if they are purchasing marijuana products for medical or recreational use.)
With actual sales of medical marijuana down – due largely to Rhode Islanders traveling to Massachusetts recreational stores,