Seattle’s first legal weed shop, Cannabis City, opened yesterday and Deb Green, smoking kin to Mary Jane Green, was the first customer.
Pot stores around Washington state may have started earlier, but the only store authorized to sell legal marijuana in the state’s most populous city opened at 12:00 p.m. after much anticipation and a line of heads who staked out their spot up to a day in advance.
“I came out at three o’clock yesterday afternoon,” said Deb Green, who was first in line at Cannabis City, Seattle’s only licensed retailer. “I picked up a sleeping bag and a book and went to camp out.” (Pictured right of man in pot socks and green novelty hat)
Green added, “I came not so much for the pot, though I do smoke a little bit, but I came out more for the history of this. I never thought this would happen in my lifetime.”
Cannabis City owner James Lathrop was on cloud nine.
“The day’s going beautifully, it’s gone off without a hitch,” he told NBC News. “It’s going to take time to get people through, but we’ll definitely have product for everyone that’s in line.”
Customers are legally allowed to have up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana. They also can buy up to 16 ounces (454 grams) of marijuana-infused product in solid form or up to 72 ounces (2 kg) of marijuana-infused product in liquid form.
The Evergreen State issued the first 24 retail licenses Monday, but an Associated Press survey of the licensees showed only about six planned to open Tuesday: two in Bellingham, the one in Seattle, one in Spokane, one in Prosser and one in Kelso. Others were set to open later this month, while some said it could be a month or more before they could acquire marijuana to sell.
Some retailers said limiting early shoppers to buying a few grams will help deal with shortages, which are partly due to limited harvests by licensed growers, regulatory hurdles and an applicant backlog.
“I expect there to be a good showing of people for the next little while,” said Lathrop. “Everyone’s really excited when they come in — really excited and happy.”
Popular “edibles,” such as hash brownies, are not expected to be available, as no processor has been cleared to operate a cannabis kitchen.
(Aarne Heikkila with Hasani Gittens in New York City, story sources)