Arizona dispensary brand Sol Flower has begun recreational cannabis sales to adults age 21.
Sol Flower facilities include a mixed-use dispensary with a café and classroom in Sun City, and additional retail locations at Tempe University, Tempe McClintock, and Scottsdale Airpark.
The Arizona Department of Health Services recently started accepting dual license applications from medical marijuana dispensaries seeking to operate as recreational facilities. Sol Flower was approved along with other license holders on Jan. 22, according to a press release.
Sol Flower will continue to serve Arizona’s medical marijuana patients.
Sol Flower was established in 2019 by Copperstate Farms Management LLC, an Arizona-based cannabis company and wholesaler in the state that does business as Holistic Patient Wellness Group Inc.
“Copperstate Farms is proud to have played a role in bringing about legalization. We are excited and ready to provide safe and legal cannabis access to adults in Arizona as the failed policy of prohibition comes to an end,” Holistic Patient Wellness Group General Counsel Ryan Hurley, who also serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association, said in a prepared statement.
The opening of the Arizona cannabis market to consumers and medical marijuana patients follows the historic passage of Prop. 207 at this past November’s general election.
“This moment in time is symbolic of the evolution of the Arizona cannabis industry and a future where our market is a pool of both medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers,” said Dan Hayden, director of retail operations, at Copperstate Farms.
According to Pankaj Talwar, CEO at Copperstate Farms, the overall Arizona cannabis industry is projected to grow from $900 million to $2.5 billion in two to three years.
“It’s been a fast-paced transition since January when AZDHS made the process available to get approved and operationally compliant for the recreational market. I am very proud of how our Sol Flower team and our human resources department moved expeditiously through this process,” Mr. Talwar said.
Copperstate Farms is home to one of the largest indoor cannabis facilities in North America with 40 acres under glass and is the parent company to products, concentrates and Good Things Coming edibles. The company has grown exponentially over the past year and now employs over 600 Arizonans at its cultivation sites and Sol Flower dispensaries.