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Monday, July 7, 2014

These Are the First 24 Stores Where You Can Buy Legal Pot

Posted by on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM


Today the Washington State Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 of 334 licenses to sell marijuana from retail storefronts, kicking off a 24-hour moratorium before the stores can start selling bud to adults 21 and over tomorrow. The stores have names like "Altitude," "High Time Station," and "Bud Hut."

But it must be mentioned that Seattle—the largest city in Washington, with roughly one-tenth of the state's population—currently has only one licensed store, the result of a convoluted licensing system, narrow zoning regulations, federal guidelines that punish drug activity in certain locations, and decisions by the liquor board to dole our licenses via a poorly managed lottery system. In addition, the state has licensed few pot growers. This means there are only two stores in populous King County (about one-third of the state's population with 2 million people) while Island County also gets two stores, despite having only 80,000 residents, and the city of Spokane has three stores.

So if you go...

Expect massive shortages of pot. Expect prices to be stupid expensive. Expect it to be as confusing as you'd expect it to be when potheads and teetotaling bureaucrats are suddenly running a mutibillion dollar industry. I asked liquor board spokesman Brian Smith if he predicts huge shortages. "I think it's going to be tight at first," he said flatly. Have you said that sentence a lot? I asked. "A lot," he said.

I'll post more on how the state screwed up this process later.

But in the meantime, rejoice, Washington, because no matter how rocky the road to get legal pot or how long the lines to buy a gram tomorrow, it's a fuckofalot better than the long, rocky road to jail or fines afforded to the pot smokers in 48 other states.

Please note, stoners, before you make plans: Not all of these stores will be open tomorrow. Some will open Thursday or later this month, while others, well, who knows when they'll get their first shipments or if they'll open on time. After all they're pot stores, not Swiss trains. If you have questions, the state has posted the list of stores and their phone numbers over here. Okay, have it. Wee'd da people. It's not a pipe dream. Lift the smoke screen. Fweeeedom. [Insert every other awful pot cliche you've ever seen in a news article here.] Be safe!

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
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 Marijuana, 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

Also, history! Don't get so high you forget it.


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Kind of amazing how poorly King County is served here. Am I correct in seeing exactly 2 stores, one each in Seattle and Bellevue?
Posted by Sean on July 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM · Report this
fletc3her 2
Tacoma looks to be the place.
Posted by fletc3her on July 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM · Report this
I like that there's one on Smokey Point Blvd ... but what's that pot shop doing on Merlot Drive?
Posted by RonK, Seattle on July 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 4
2 in Spokane, 2 in Vancouver, and one each in Kelso & Longview..... But we're going to be extra cautious about stuff leaving the state.
Posted by Sir Vic on July 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM · Report this
TVDinner 5
Waitaminute. Ephrata has a pot store but Olympia doesn't?!

I mean, get on with your bad self, Ephrata, but jeebus.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on July 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Report this
I am still worried about Pot Riots, especially among the hippie-type elderly, a particularly wild group.

W/ 10,000 people expected there will be problems. Probably for being arrested for smoking pot in public!
Posted by caution&daring on July 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM · Report this
yelahneb 7
Did the state mandate these asinine business names? Sheesh. Anyway, happy to have lived to see this day.
Posted by yelahneb on July 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Randy Simmons, the state Liquor Control Board's project manager for legal marijuana, should be fired. 18 months have elapsed since Washington voted to legalize marijuana. Colorado began sales in January, with far more retail locations licensed.
Mr Simmons has proven he views his job is to act as an obstruction to the public will rather than as a public servant. There is no excuse for his incompetence. Fire him.
Posted by Pol Pot on July 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 9
@8: or, since the WSLCB's job is to limit and obstruct progress on every front and be dragged kicking and screaming into the future, maybe he did his job perfectly and deserves a raise. certainly licensing 1 measly store in Seattle is certain to cause problems, which then can be pointed at as proof that this won't work, because angry potheads.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM · Report this
Eastpike 10
I imagine that oils and such are even further out? Any projected date?
Posted by Eastpike on July 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 11
i'm going to my medical dispensary tomorrow. will that still be legal ?
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on July 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 12
@11: yes, riz, your wink-wink "medical condition" will still allow you access.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM · Report this
I just can't get upset that it isn't working perfectly on day one, or even week one. If the State of Washington can get this system (which is so timid because it doesn't want to give any opening for the federal government to shut it down completely) up and running in less time than the federal government to get Affordable Health Care up and running, with a fraction of the manpower working on it, then I call it a win. After all these years, I can wait another couple of months to work out the bugs.
Posted by seanax on July 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM · Report this
The Striking Viking 14
So I keep seeing the list of stores opening this week throughout the there a list somewhere of all the pot stores set to open in Seattle on future dates? I'm hoping for something a little closer than SODO :P
Posted by The Striking Viking on July 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM · Report this
Don't wait for the stores. Read the Stranger. There are many suppliers who will deliver to you, as long as you can prove you're 21. The SPD won't get in the way. Pick up the phone and call or text. Why stand in line?
Posted by jevo on July 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM · Report this
Posted by JonnoN on July 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM · Report this
@5 Lacey has one on Carpenter Rd, which is pretty much right next to Olympia as it is. So that's still not too bad for those who need to nab something.
Posted by snokes on July 7, 2014 at 7:39 PM · Report this
Green Theory in Bellevue is still a few weeks from opening.…
Posted by DJSauvage on July 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM · Report this
TVDinner 19
@17: No self-respecting Olympian goes to Lacey to buy pot. It''s...unpatriotic! (Thank you, and duly noted.)
Posted by TVDinner http:// on July 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM · Report this
@16--That's great! four in a row on the way to the Ballard Post Office.
Posted by TobyinFremont on July 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM · Report this
While Dominic is speculating about why other stores aren't yet ready, and asserting his speculation as fact, The Times spoke with quite a few lottery winners who aren't opening and they actually explained why. That's what reporters do, Dominic.
Posted by pkbrown on July 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 22
@8 is correct

Lack of retail outlets with 1/100th the supply needed at much higher prices will NEVER kill a black market
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 8, 2014 at 1:13 AM · Report this
I'll stick with the black market until we get around to opening more than just one store.

I know that my neighborhood in particular isn't that close to any schools, we already have a dispensary here.

Also, @21: TOLD
Posted by treehugger on July 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM · Report this
Dear Washingstonians
Posted by Carolmaaaay on July 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM · Report this

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