And that means dispensaries will operate two systems — recreational and medical — under one roof.
To get a sense of what will be similar and what will be different, we tour the Patriot Care dispensary in Lowell with senior executive Bob Mayerson. He’s been open for medical sales since February 2016 and has applied for a recreational license.
To begin, everyone will walk through the same front door, at least at this dispensary. Medical marijuana buyers will still have to present a state-issued card confirming they are registered patients. Both types of customers will need a valid ID. Recreational buyers have to be at least 21 years of age, no exceptions.
Mayerson leads us into a room framed on two sides with sales counters. He already uses the poles connected by bands of fabric