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Dispensary Begins Selling Recreational Cannabis Without City Approval

The company mistakenly believed its application had been approved.

A Northern California medical cannabis dispensary inadvertently began selling recreational cannabis before it was authorized to do so.

The Napa Valley Register reports that Abide Napa briefly became Napa's first adult-use retailer for a single day last week.

The following morning, Abide received a call from city officials — and went back to selling only medical products.

The co-owner of the year-old shop told the paper that Abide had been approved by the state to sell adult-use cannabis.

He assumed that the city had signed off before it went to state regulators, but local officials informed him that was not the case.

Napa’s community development director said he wasn’t sure why the state approved the application before the city had weighed in.

Napa, a famed hub of wine production, approved retail adult-use cannabis sales earlier this year.

Abide’s is one of four completed and two partial adult-use applications that remain pending with city officials.

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