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Washington: State-Licensed Cannabis Retailers To Open Next Week

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 2, 2014

    Washington’s first wave of state-licensed cannabis retail stores are anticipated to open for business next week. Initiative 502, approved by a majority of voters in November 2012, authorizes the establishment of state-licensed cannabis producers and retail sellers.

    The state’s Liquor Control Board is expected to begin issuing licenses on Monday, July 7. An estimated 20 retail stores are anticipated to open their doors later in the week. Similar state-sanction stores have been operating in Colorado since January 1.

    With only a small number of stores likely to be operational at first, regulators anticipate that consumers’ demand for legal cannabis may initially outpace supply. In Colorado, retailers struggled initially to meet consumer demand, resulting in temporarily inflated retail prices for cannabis. Prices have steadily fallen in Colorado as additional retailers have opened for business.

    Since the passage of Initiative 502, police filings for low-level marijuana offenses have fallen from over 5,000 annual arrests to just over one hundred.

    [UPDATE: Here is a list (c/o of the Seattle Post Intelligencer) of the first 24 state-licensed stores:

    WHIDBEY ISLAND CANNABIS COMPANY — 5826 S KRAMER RD STE, Langley
    WESTSIDE420 RECREATIONAL — 4503 OCEAN BEACH HWY, Longview
    VERDE VALLEY — 4007 MAIN ST, Union Gap
    TOP SHELF CANNABIS – 3857 HANNEGAN RD, Bellingham
    THE HAPPY CROP SHOPPE — 50 ROCK ISLAND RD, East Wenatchee
    SPOKANE GREEN LEAF — 9107 N COUNTRY HOMES BLVD, Spokane
    SPACE – 3111 S PINE ST, Tacoma
    SATORI/INSTANT KARMA — 9301 N DIVISION ST, Spokane
    NEW VANSTERDAM — 6515 E. MILL PLAIN BLVD, Vancouver
    MARGIE’S POT SHOP — 405 E STUEBEN, Bingen
    MAIN STREET MARIJUNA — 2314 MAIN ST, Vancouver
    HIGH TIME STATION — 1448 BASIN ST NW, Ephrata
    GREEN THEORY — 10697 MAIN ST STE B, Bellevue
    GREEN STAR CANNABIS — 1403 N DIVISION ST, Spokane
    FREEDOM MARKET — 820A WESTSIDE HWY, Kelso
    CREATIVE RETAIL MANAGEMENT — 7046 PACIFIC AVE,Tacoma
    CASCADE KROPZ — 19129 SMOKEY POINT BLVD, Arlington
    CANNABIS CITY — 2733 4TH AVE S, Seattle
    BUD HUT — 1123 E STATE ROUTE 532, Camano Island
    AUSTIN LOTT — 29 HORIZON FLATS RD, Winthrop
    ALTITUDE – 260 MERLOT DR, Prosser
    4US RETAIL — 23251 HWY 20, Okanogan
    420 CARPENTER — 422 CARPENTER RD, Lacey
    2020 SOLUTIONS – 2018 IRON ST, Bellingham
    ]

    17 Responses to “Washington: State-Licensed Cannabis Retailers To Open Next Week”

    1. Julian says:

      Watch out Starbucks; here comes something healthier and more recreational. The way Seattlites love their Cafe’s, supply will be a problem initially… Especially considering the rules and limits placed on growing cannabis in the State if Washington.
      But as demand pays for legal supply… And a hike in minimum wage, and the state defecit, the City Council of Seattle will move fast to loosen the supply laws.

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      It will be interesting to compare the effectiveness of both state’s approaches to regulation. Near as I can tell, things look pretty good in Colorado so far. I’m particularly glad to hear motor accidents have not gone up.

    3. Will Jones says:

      Deficit, demand, and wages, these will always be a problem no matter what, marijuana is a small bandage! Regulation, come on, total waste of funds! What will really be interesting is the next excuse given for another delay! Yup we’re in Washington state, the land of whim and indecisive people, who also think they know a lot more than they do! Where’s the next bandwagon!

    4. Voice of the Resistance says:

      Amy smart sales person knows that a good product sells itself, without a lot of advertising. People will hear by word of mouth, and come with money in hand. All the smart business person has to do is practice excellent customer service to be a winner.

      This flies in the face of the 30 plus year prohibition hard sell. Ha who”s the pusher now. Cops are re-loaded; remote in hand going through the channels last night I watched for a few minutes as a scene that I’ve seen many times before unfolded, two overweight white cops busting two skinny black guys. Except that this time the narc cop was fatter and uglier then usual. Yup here’s the gun, and here’s the pipe, and a tiny piece of rock cocaine no bigger then my fingernail ridiculous!

      Hey prohibition,WHATEVER IT IS YOU’RE TRYING TO SELL, I’M NOT BUYING IT!

    5. Fireweed says:

      I thought I read that motor vehicle incidents actually decreased, as seems to be the trend over time with states’ legalizing/medicalizing/decriminalizing.

      what will they do if they find weed makes our roads safer?

    6. Julian says:

      @Will Jones,
      Apparently you missed the blog over how well Colorado’s state budget is doing after sensible marijuana regulation. Colorado had a defecit going into legalization. But thanks to sensible regulation, the first $5 million went to public school projects. Colorado has already doubled that revenue.
      At the end of the day, our Congressman are fundraisers with bills to pay. With Citizens United upping the annie on campaign costs, our “representatives” are even more dependent on lobbyists to write the legislation they campaign for.
      This makes donating to lobbies like NORML PAC all the more vital to keep placing good, well written legislation in the hands of pro-marijuana Congressman.
      Defecit, demand and wages are problems that always have solutions. Its up to us to vote, donate and write our Congressman in order to tax and regulate cannabis and spend the revenue on education and health, therefore improving our cost of living and quality of life, reducing violence and traffic accidents, and ultimately dawning a Green Age of socioeconomic enlightenment by creating sustainable, renewable resources using marijuana and hemp in coexistence with our soil and water supplies.

    7. Juniata says:

      Colorado has made 50 million dollars, Washington is going to make just as much. We look back on slavery and say, “what the hell were we thinking!?” We’re going too look back on marijuana prohibition and say the exact same thing.

    8. jazzmyn says:

      Does anyone know what stores are going to be selling it, in the Seattle area or near Silverdale?

    9. Julian says:

      Latest I heard, hot off the press;
      “Handful of stores” to open tomorrow. Although the law says upto an “ounce” per customer, rationing is expected as demand soars past supplies. Doors open 8 am.
      As for where:
      Spokane has three stores. (Wish i was a Cour’dlaine Indian…) Vancouver, Tacoma and Bellingham each have two. Seattle and the other cities on the list have one each.

      A couple of small towns each have a store: Bingen, population 725, in the Columbia River Gorge, and Winthrop, population 400, in the north Cascades.

      The first licenses were issued in the early morning hours so stores would be able to open their doors at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

      Keep in mind Washington has a huge “gray market” for cheaper medicinal which is a SEPERATE market! That means they cant just use medicinal supplies to keep up with demand like Colorado did. Plus recreational gets taxed more. Prices will eventually go down …eventually, but for now youre paying anywhere from twice the price of medicinal.
      This is an historic moment nevertheless. Congratulations Washington State. We’re one step closer to freedom.

    10. Bass says:

      Good info, http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024002299_potqaxml.html so happy I live in Wa state. Hopefully other states will follow…

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