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Recreational marijuana shop in Lowell receives state approval to open

FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, a hemp plant is pollinated at the Unique Botanicals facility in Springfield, Ore. The Idaho State Police may get funds to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana. Hemp, a cousin of marijuana, has a very low concentration of the psychoactive substance called THC that gives marijuana its high-inducing properties. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
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The Merrimack Valley is getting its first recreational marijuana shop.

Patriot Care Corp. in Lowell received its “commence operations” notice from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission Monday, giving it permission to open after three calendar days — this Friday or later.

Patriot Care is the 12th retail marijuana store to receive state approval to open for recreational sales. The 11th store to receive such a notice was Caroline’s Cannabis in Uxbridge, which will open for recreational sales Friday.

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In addition to its Lowell dispensary, the company currently operates medical dispensaries in Boston and Greenfield.

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A spokeswoman for Patriot Care did not immediately return requests for comment.

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.