Marijuana Stores Open

Washington became the second state to legally sell marijuana this week. The Liquor Control Board released its list of 25 retail pot shops that were allowed to sell the plant for recreational use. Now people age 21 and over can buy marijuana at licensed stores.

Many stores were expecting lines out the door and to easily run out of stock. Some stores limited the amount that customers could buy to two to four grams. One seller said it wouldn’t be surprising to run out within the first week and have to wait a few weeks to restock the store. The stores that were able to open on the first day were located in Seattle, Spokane, Prosser, Kelso, Bellingham.

Liquor Control Board Director Rick Garza assured the public that there would not be a lack of supply. The state has allowed people to have up to one ounce of marijuana for the past 18 months and heard no complaints about a lack of supply. Garza says there is enough marijuana in the state to meet the new demands. Now customers can buy up to 16 ounces (454 g) of marijuana infused product in solid form, or up to 72 ounces (2 kg) of marijuana-infused product in liquid form.

The state is also processing more applications to sell and grow marijuana. They expect to approve about 10 to 15 applicants per week.