A major U.S. cannabis retailer has received approval to sell adult-use cannabis products in Arizona.
The Mint Dispensary (Mint) today announced that it received approval from the Arizona Department of Health Services on Friday to sell recreational cannabis products in the state to adults over the age of 21.
Arizona voters approved Proposition 207 in November, legalizing adult-use cannabis in the state and paving the way for retail sales.
Adding adult-use cannabis retail locations in Arizona is part of Mint’s expansion across the country.
A new retail location and separate cultivation facility in the North Phoenix area are also part of the expansion plans, as are additional Mint-branded locations in Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, and Massachusetts.
“This is a major cannabis industry milestone—not just for Arizona, but for the entire country,” says Brightroot Co-Founder and CEO Eivan Shahara. “This has been a long time coming, as perceptions about marijuana are slowly changing and people are seeing the medicinal benefits.”
Shahara says that Mint is committed to introducing new, innovative, and entrepreneurial concepts to the industry while working to change the public’s “misperceptions of cannabis.”
The cannabis industry is at a critical juncture, and public sentiment is changing; something that Shahara says is evidenced by dispensaries being deemed essential businesses, like pharmacies, when COVID-19 hit in 2020.
“An increased acceptance of cannabis is sweeping the nation,” says Shahara. “And we want to be a positive agent of change, an ambassador for education, and an innovative problem solver that is filling critical gaps and bringing workable options to meet the demand.”
In the future, Mint plans to launch a subscription-box program and full-service delivery in Arizona after the state approves direct-to-customer delivery for retail cannabis outlets.
Delivery is expected to be available in Arizona sometime between 2023-2025.