First WA Marijuana Stores Are Due To Open Next Week


Ten pounds of marijuana are expected to be on sale next Tuesday in Seattle’s new Cannabis City, a quantity owner James Lathrop expects will sell out that day at $15 to $20 per gram, says the Seattle Times. He will get his retail license from the state Monday, making him the first marijuana retailer in Seattle. For Lathrop and other pioneers of Washington's newly legalized pot industry, it is the culmination of months of preparation. Lathrop and business manager Amber McGowan, worked as many as 16 hours a day to prepare the business for its first customers, as well as a two-hour state inspection.

Customers are allowed under the law to buy up to an ounce at a time. Because the demand is likely to be so high the first day, Cannabis City's supplier, Nine Point Growth Industries in Bremerton, is hustling to get 30 pounds of marijuana ready to go out the door for Lathrop and other retailers around the state also expecting to open next week. Nine Point has been working around the clock since Monday measuring all 30 pounds into 2-gram bags so more buyers will have a chance to partake in the historic day, said Greg Stewart, CEO of Nine Point. “That is all that I had available,” he said. “I could literally sell as much as I had right now. If I had 10 times as much I'd be able to sell it.”

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