Opening day for recreational cannabis is ‘a great day for the state.’ More than $200K sold. – Hartford Courant

Opening day for recreational cannabis sales in Connecticut appeared to go smoothly Tuesday, with lines both short and long at the seven dispensaries spread across the state.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Consumer Protection said Tuesday that seven licensed retailers throughout the state had recorded $251,276 in adult-use cannabis sales by 5 p.m.

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At Fine Fettle in Newington, there was no one in line at 9 a.m., waiting for the state-mandated 10 a.m. opening of legal sales. At RISE in Branford there were five at 9 a.m., growing to 35 by 10 a.m.

And at Affinity in New Haven, there were about 90 at the opening, “from our door all the way down to Burger King” on upper Whalley Avenue, according to G.R. Noffsinger, director of security.

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Many ordered online before they arrived, or, in the case of Fine Fettle and Affinity, placed their order outside before they were allowed to enter the dispensary, either with a staff member or by using a QR code.

Marghie Giuliano, Fine Fettle’s chief compliance officer, said the dispensary’s required online ordering and reservation system was intended to keep an orderly pace Tuesday.

“The online orders really helped to manage the traffic flow,” Giuliano said.

But Giuliano said she

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