In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, a worker at the SeaWeed Co. cannabis manufacturing facility in Auburn measures out exactly 3.5 ounces of smoking-grade marijuana before sealing it in a glass jar. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

SeaWeed Co. opened Friday, becoming the first recreational cannabis shop in Portland.

This location will be the second retail outlet for SeaWeed, after the first opened in South Portland, the Portland Press Herald reported.

“This moment has been a very long time coming,” owner Scott Howard said. “As the [holder of the] first retail license issued in the city, we are excited to set an example of how a cannabis store can be a net benefit to our Portland community.”

Portland spent two years crafting individualized marijuana zoning and licensing ordinances. The city has undergone a lengthy legislative process that resulted in two licenses being issued almost five months after the market opened.

Grass Roots Marijuana Shop also received local and state license approval Wednesday, but the shop does not plan to open until late next week.