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Marijuana Stores Open in Washington

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Washington's first state-licensed marijuana store, Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, opened at 8 a.m. today, followed by a handful of other shops in Seattle, Spokane, Kelso, and Prosser. They are among the 25 businesses that received retail licenses from the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) yesterday. Most of them were not quite ready to start selling pot today, but some may open later this week or month. The LCB intends to award a total of 334 retail licenses statewide, although that plan looks iffy in light of temporary or permanent bans adopted by nearly 100 cities and counties.

The first customer at Top Shelf was Cale Holdsworth, a visitor from Kansas who bought two grams for $26.50ā€”quite a bargain compared to the steep prices expected due to a shortage of legal pot. By contrast, the Seattle Post- Intelligencer reports that Deborah Greene, the first customer at Cannabis City, Seattle's first (and so far only) recreational pot shop, paid $160 for four grams, or $40 per gram. The paper's cannabis correspondent, Jake Ellison, predicts that typical prices at state-licensed outlets will range from $15 to $25 per gram, a lot more than what their illegal and quasi-legal competitors are charging. 

Until the LCB implements new rules for edibles, Washington's stores will be selling buds only, and they won't have much to sell. The LCB started licensing growers in March. So far, according to a list it posted today, it has granted just 86 applications, with more than 2,500 others still pending. In addition to the shortage of legal growers, high taxes and and regulatory costs are pushing prices up.

Although customers lined up today for the novelty of buying legal pot, the new shops probably will have a hard time competing with dispensaries and black-market dealers. "My old supplier just texted me," Deborah Greene, Cannabis City's first buyer, told The Seattle Times. "[He] said, 'I saw you on TV. Now I know why you're not calling me.'" She may have been joking, but a lot will hinge on whether that sort of anecdote sounds plausible a year from now.

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  1. The first customer at Top Shelf was Cale Holdsworth, a visitor from Kansas who bought two grams for $26.50

    *removes gun rights*

    1. That’s what fake ID is for.

  2. Jake Ellison, predicts that typical prices at state-licensed outlets will range from $15 to $25 per gram, a lot more than what their illegal and quasi-legal competitors are charging.

    Apparently the bureaucrats think they know why they call it dope.

    So now people will be busted for not letting the state steal money from them.

  3. When are these shops going to start carrying vinyl?

  4. Congratulations to the good people of Washington.

    They must have more liberals than progressives up there.

    1. I think that’s a bit optimistic, especially considering all of the BS regulations and taxes that were included, which are driving up prices to the point where the black market is still viable.

      1. Baby steps, WW, baby steps. Despite the negatives it is still a net gain in liberty, albeit a small one.

        1. Yes, I certainly agree, but I was specifically replying to the “must be more liberals than progressives” line. šŸ˜‰

      2. They could be in California!

        I’ve come to the conclusion that the progressives in California are against legalizing marijuana.

        Hell, the progressives in San Francisco are against letting people choose to buy Happy Meals for their children. Why would they support letting people choose their preferred form of intoxication?

        Besides, legalizing marijuana (to progressives in California, anyway)? Sounds too…libertarian. And they can’t support that.

  5. …prices at state-licensed outlets will range from $15 to $25 per gram…

    After the fun of buying legal dope wears off, and the realization that someone can get an eighth – for what 2 grams are selling for – comes through, I wonder what will happen.

    1. For everyone who left their conversion wheels at home, legal dope in WA state will likely cost around twice as much as the black market variety.

      Good job, WA pols.

  6. No way man how cool is that? Lets light up a big fat one.

    http://www.WentAnon.tk

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