Massachusetts waited with bated breath Friday to see if recreational marijuana sales would start before Thanksgiving after all.
And the good news for marijuana enthusiasts couldn’t have been delivered at a better time: 4:20 p.m.
A press release from the Cannabis Control Commission announcing the news was delivered to inboxes precisely at the time that has become a symbolic code for marijuana.
But it wasn’t on purpose, according to a spokesperson for the commission.
When asked on Twitter for an “official explanation,” Shaleen Title, a member of the commission, replied without words — just a smirking emoji.
😏— Shaleen Title (@shaleentitle) November 16, 2018
With the press release came the news that so many across the state had been waiting for. Two medical marijuana dispensaries — Cultivate Holdings LLC in Leicester and New England Treatment Access LLC in Northampton — will open on Tuesday.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified where New England Treatment Access is located.
Dan Adams of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Felicia Gans can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.