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First Arizona recreational marijuana sales underway after 86 licenses approved

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 15:10:26-05

PHOENIX — Recreational marijuana became available for sale in Arizona Friday after state officials approved dozens of license requests across the state.

The Harvest HOC of Scottsdale Dispensary near Hayden Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, which previously only sold medical marijuana, received approval for its recreational license from the state around noon.

The business says it has already made sales of recreational marijuana since receiving approval.

It's among a total of 86 businesses that were approved by the state as of Friday evening, after initially having 73 approved locations early Friday.

RELATED: How will medical marijuana dispensaries operate in Arizona after Prop 207?

See the full list of approved recreational marijuana licenses here, or view in the map below:

Recreational marijuana was passed by voters last year after a similar measure was rejected in 2016.

Before this, marijuana was only approved for medicinal use with an issued medical marijuana card.

The state is expected to issue around 130 new recreational marijuana licenses in counties with fewer than two dispensaries.

After the passing of Proposition 207, it was noted that established marijuana dispensaries would be among the first to be allowed to sell recreational marijuana. The Arizona Department of Health Services, ADHS, would be in charge of regulating the industry and issuing licenses.