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Arizona dispensaries could get green light to start selling recreational marijuana as early as Friday

Voters approved a measure allowing the legalization of the drug in November.

PHOENIX — UPDATE: List: Dispensaries in Arizona approved to begin selling recreational marijuana

The wait for recreational marijuana in Arizona is almost over. 

Dispensaries are preparing for the green light from the state, which could happen as early as Friday. 

One dispensary was on standby Thursday night, ready to shift its store to a facility selling recreational marijuana for the first time in Arizona.

"We’re ready," Steve Cotrell with Curaleaf said. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services says they have 79 applications they are reviewing to give the potential go-ahead. 

Cotrell said Curaleaf has been preparing for months. 

“It’s a lot. I think we went from around 2,000 pounds (of marijuana) in a month to more than 7,000 pounds,” Cotrell said.

“Most of our stores are using a multiple of three times in their ordering just to prepare for this," Bryce Skalla, Chief Revenue Officer with Item 9 Labs said. 

Item 9 helps supply some dispensaries in the Valley.

Supply will not be the only change.

Once the state gives approval to dispensaries that are already selling medicinal marijuana, they have to make changes before selling recreationally. 

These include child proof bags to labeling and limiting the amount of marijuana. 

Cotrell said that will take his business about 45 minutes before they are up and running. 

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