As marijuana becomes legal in Minnesota, cheering, dancing at Red Lake dispensary
The northern Minnesota reservation opened the first recreational marijuana dispensary in the state Tuesday
August 2, 2023
RED LAKE, Minn. - Bruce Klajda drove from Bemidji to be among the first Minnesotans to buy recreational marijuana in Red Lake on Tuesday, and he had plans for the gummies he intended to buy: dice them up and put them in his cereal.
"I have severe osteoarthritis and nothing seems to be working," he said, so he's thrilled to be so close to the state's first recreational marijuana dispensary.
A line of more than a hundred people, many cheering and dancing, queued up outside Red Lake Nation's NativeCare more than an hour before it opened. It was a festive scene with food trucks, a jewelry peddler and the tribe's radio station broadcasting live, with fireworks to mark the first sale.
The northern Minnesota reservation opened the first recreational marijuana dispensary in the state Tuesday, the first day Minnesotans could legally possess or grow the plant.