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Arizona cannabis customers, brace yourselves: The long lines you’ve been seeing at local dispensaries likely won’t go away anytime soon.

Brace yourselves a little more: We’re also heading straight into the brutal summer months.

Long lines have been a constant at Valley dispensaries since the first day of recreational sales in January. Some thought the crowds would begin to dissipate after a few weeks, once the novelty of being able to legally purchase marijuana wore off. But that hasn’t happened.

“There’s been an incredible amount of pent-up demand,” said Sam Richard, executive director of the Arizona Dispensaries Association. “I don’t expect the demand to level off at all.”

Operators in the Arizona cannabis industry attribute the phenomenon of long lines to a variety of factors.

For one, there’s the public’s sheer enthusiasm for marijuana. People are coming to dispensaries in droves. Even before Proposition 207 — the ballot measure that legalized the consumption and sale of recreational marijuana — was approved during the

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