‘It’s about time’: Celebration marks Red Lake Nation’s recreational cannabis dispensary opening – MPR News

The sun peeked around rolling thunder clouds as people from other counties and neighboring states arrived at Red Lake Nation’s cannabis dispensary to participate in the opening day of legal cannabis in Minnesota.

People passionate about cannabis brought camping chairs and coffee mugs and waited in line.

The mood outside the dispensary was celebratory, as personalities from Red Lake’s radio station pumped music from giant speakers beneath a canopy in the parking lot. 

John Webster was among the first to step into the NativeCare dispensary Tuesday morning. A medical cannabis user in Maine, he had come from North Dakota where he says it’s harder to qualify for that state’s program.

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Customers wait outside the NativeCare dispensary at the Red Lake Nation on Tuesday.

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“I was thrilled when I saw about the [Minnesota] law that was passed for today, for recreational marijuana to be sold,” Webster said. “It’s like Christmas.”

Bill Skinner travelled three hours from Fergus Falls to support the opening of the dispensary.

“I am very glad they finally got a place open. It’s about time

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