Washington State starts legal pot sales

Legal marijuana sales begin in Washington, 2nd state to allow pot without prescription

Washington-State-starts-legal-pot-sales
Pre-rolled marijuana joints are pictured at the Sea of Green Farms in Seattle, Washington June 30, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Redmond)

Legal weed sales are about to start in Washington State as retailers have received their first electronic retail marijuana licenses. Even long lines and expected shortages of pot won’t spoil the fun, eager customers say.

Only 20 stores have received permits to sell just-for-fun cannabis, and they will welcome their first official customers as soon as Tuesday. Store owners are allowed to sell marijuana from 8 am Tuesday, but which of the stores will be up and running then is not yet clear.

So far, Cannabis City is the only recreational marijuana store that’s ready to open in Seattle, AP reported.

To handle potential crowds of customers, its owner James Lathrop has hired an events company. For their comfort there will be a food truck and free water arranged and a portable toilet, especially if people have to wait in line.

He planned to hold off on opening his store until noon Tuesday.

“Know your audience: We’re talking stoners here,” he said. “I’d be mean to say they need to get up at 5 am to get in line.”

It is already known that Alison Holcomb, the lawyer who drafted Washington State’s legal marijuana law, will be among the first customers at Cannabis City.

“No one thought legalization could happen in our lifetime,” she said. “I think this is going to be a little overwhelming for me.”

Lathrop plans to start his business with an initial supply of 10 pounds (4.6 kilograms) of dope. He says he may limit purchases to ensure everyone can go home with at least a 2-gram package.

The law allows customers to buy up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana. They also can buy up to 16 ounces (0.45 kilograms) of marijuana-infused product in solid form, or up to 72 ounces (2 kilograms) of marijuana-infused product in liquid form.

Another cannabis entrepreneur, John Evich, according to AP, is thinking hard to find ways to deliver marijuana to his Top Shelf Cannabis store in Bellingham. He considered loading the marijuana on his commercial crab boat and rushing it across Puget Sound, or even renting a helicopter.

“We’re pretty stoked,” he said. “We haven’t had any sleep in a long time, but we’re excited for the next step.”

In Evich’s store, strains would be priced between $12 and $25. But the first lucky 50 or 100 customers will be able to get $10 grams of one cannabis strain, as Evich wants to thank Washington State’s residents for voting for the law.

At least another two stores could open in some smaller cities, including Tacoma and Spokane.

Adam Schmidt, of Clear Choice Cannabis in Tacoma, decided not to open his store this week, despite being on the list of the first approved store owners. His main concern was that the growers will not be able to deliver pot to him.

“I don’t want people to be waiting in line for four hours, and then I have to come out and tell them we don’t have any more,” he said.

Washington-State-starts-legal-pot
Cloned marijuana plants are pictured at the Sea of Green Farms growing facility in Seattle, Washington June 30, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Redmond)

Once store owners get their licenses, they must verify their bar-coded inventory and enter it into the state’s tracking system before they can sell cannabis.

The 24-hour “quarantine” after receiving licenses will give store owners time to placing their order with growers.

State regulators have accepted a total of 334 marijuana retail applications. However, the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which has been drafting rules and reviewing license applications, said that the majority of the applicants have not passed final inspections.

Some municipalities in Washington State have banned the retail sale of marijuana, however.

The days before the state issues license have been crazy for growers and retailers alike.

Workers at Nine Point Growth Industries in Bremerton had to work around the clock, rushing to sort their 30-pound harvest into 2-gram packages.

Nine Point Growth Industries owner Gregory Stewart has told AP that he and his director were “doing high-fives and our version of a happy dance” as they worked through some glitches in the pot-tracking software early Monday, and officially learned they will be able to transport their weed 24 hours later, at 2:22 am Tuesday.

With the first pot retail licenses being issued, Washington State has become the second state after Colorado to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana to adults over 21 years old. In Colorado sales started on January 1. In just the first week of legal sales surpassed $5 million.

The heavily regulated and taxed system that now allows marijuana sales was approved by voters in November 2012.

Source | RT

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Russia Issues International ARREST WARRANT For ROTHSCHILD & SOROS!

Vladimir Putin, now in full control of Russia as Prime Minister (then) NOW President , wishes to build a strong Christian nation. In a...

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Mexico Offers Aid for Harvey Victims Despite Trump’s Border Wall Rhetoric

With a clear, diplomatic response, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday quashed President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to convince the public that...

Germany owes more than €279bn WWII reparations to Greece – more than Greece’s debt to EU

Germany owes Greece no less than €278.7 billion in World War II reparations, Athens said, referring to the destruction wrought upon the nation during...

Man Used Internet Registry to Track down and Beat up Pedophiles and Sex Offenders

An “Alaskan Avenger,” a victim of molestation and abuse as a child, is accused of vengefully attacking pedophiles with a hammer, using the online registry...

Recent Findings Suggest That There Was Life On Mars, And It Was Wiped Out By Nuclear War

In a recent paper published in the journal of cosmology, Dr John Bradenburg summarized findings that indicated not only was there life on Mars......

Reincarnation, the ‘Interlife’, Universal Consciousness & the Holographic Soul

Modern studies repeatedly suggest that a significant proportion of people in the Western world now believe in reincarnation. Although this phenomenon can be traced...

Did you know? The Largest Sphinx in Europe is located in Zadar, Croatia

There is a mysterious Sphinx located in Croatia; it is the largest Sphinx in Europe and the story behind it will make you...

Diet Soda Increases the Risk of Diabetes.

Why Do We Still Drink This Stuff ? Yet another study confirms what people have been saying for ages: Stop drinking diet soda. Like, right...