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    Your burning questions answered about retail pot

    Retail sales begin Tuesday but there's more to know to stay on the right side of state law.
    Legal marijuana from Colorado.

    Legal marijuana from Colorado. Brett Levine

    Get ready for the biggest day of pot-smoking in Washington state since ... maybe forever. We've got the lowdown on what you need to know when retail weed is finally stocked for general purchase on store shelves Tuesday.

    In a middle-of-the-night email, the state Liquor Control Board issued licenses to 24 recreational pot shop proprietors early Monday, finally giving the green light for businesses to open under the 2013 voter-approved measure to make marijuana legal under state law. The move came after the historic law legalized recreational marijuana 20 months ago.  But not every store will be ready to open Tuesday. For instance, retailer Brian Budz  told The Seattle Times he does not plan to open his New Vansterdam store in Vancouver until Friday. He prefers to have a “soft opening” a day ahead of that with families and friends.

    State officials issued 21 of those 24 licenses to stores in Seattle, but only one — Cannabis City — will be open for business, at noon tomorrow. The earliest stores can open is 8 a.m. Tuesday. Cannabis City owner, James Lathrop, explained the later opening: “We're talking stoners here. I'd be mean to say they need to get up at 5 a.m. to get in line."

    In prep for the big day, here are the four main points you need to know:

    • Where to buy: In Seattle, Cannabis City is at 2733 Fourth Ave. S. in SoDo. Below is a list of all other issued licenses. It remains unclear which shops will be open or not Tuesday. State officials expect to license 334 stores by the time they finish processing applications, but that number could drop to 305 because no one applied to sell weed in the 29 locations the Liquor Control Board allotted licenses to.

    Arlington: Cascade Kropz. Bellevue: Green Theory. Bellingham: Top Shelf Cannabis and 2020 Solutions. Bingen: Margie's Pot Shop. Camano Island: Bud Hut. East Wenatchee: The Happy Crop Shoppe. Ephrata: High Time Station. Kelso: Freedom Market. Lacey: 420 Carpenter. Langley: Whidbey Island Cannabis Company. Longview: Westside 420 Recreational. Okanogan: 4 Us Retail. Prosser: Altitude. Spokane: Spokane Green Leaf, Satori/Instant Karma and Green Star Cannabis. Tacoma: Space and Creative Retail Management. Union Gap: Verde Valley. Vancouver: New Vansterdam and Main Street Marijuana. Winthrop: Austin Lott.

    • What to expect inside: Just like bars, no one under 21 years old is allowed to go inside pot stores. Some stores might offer a “sniff jar,” where potential public buyers can smell the marijuana through a mesh screen, but for most part there will be no sampling of pot. And while marijuana-infused food and beverages will be legal, the state has yet to announce the approval of any of them. So, none will be offered in stores tomorrow.

    All adults can purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana (and, when available, 16 ounces of infused products or 72 ounces of liquid infused product). Prices are not regulated by state, but determined by market. One retailer says he is expected to charge between $15-$20 per gram. The regular price at a medical clinic is about $10 per gram. Prices could soar higher than Mary Jane to $30 per gram, according to Dominic Corva, executive director of Seattle's Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy. Expect a heavily taxed product — a 25 percent excise tax is collected at every stage of the process, from grower to retailer.

    Like how fine wine comes in all different types, from cabernet to sauvignon, marijuana also has its varieties or strains — some with higher concentrations of potency that are all tested and labeled on the recreational product. A state spokesperson says there is no standardization by the Liquor Control Board of what strains are legal, so you'll find a wide variety of strains in stock.

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    Posted Mon, Jul 7, 6:57 p.m. Inappropriate

    The one store is going to sell it for $27 a gram. Given that the cost to grow indoors is about 30 cents a gram, I think we might reasonably imagine that, ah, alternative channels will soon predominate. You really have to love this state's "progressives," who can't even get this one right.

    The funnest part is going to be the "progressive" war on marijuana in Washington State. It HAS to happen -- and soon -- to prevent the prices from collapsing. And here the "progressives" sold this as a way to end the drug war. Bridging the Gap, anyone? Ha ha ha ha! God, don't they just crack ya up, though?


    Posted Tue, Jul 8, 10:13 a.m. Inappropriate

    "Prices could soar higher than Mary Jane to $30 per gram, according to Dominic Corva, executive director of Seattle's Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy. Expect a heavily taxed product — a 25 percent excise tax is collected at every stage of the process, from grower to retailer."

    So, the black market will continue to flourish. The State, in its greed, is undermining a central tenet of legalization: removal of the criminal element.


    Posted Tue, Jul 8, 2:02 p.m. Inappropriate

    The only way they can defend that price is the ramp up the drug war in a big way. It's going to be quite the spectacle to see Seattle's "pork-gressives" sign onto it!


    Posted Wed, Jul 9, 10:47 p.m. Inappropriate

    Current street price for killer bud is about $240 an OUNCE, or about $8.57 a gram.
    Once again, Washington State Legislature and Liquor Control Board demonstrate their complete incompetence and disconnect from reality.

    Best of luck trying to shut down all the grow houses!
    Might be as successful as the attempts to enforce the Volstead Act!

    Posted Thu, Jul 10, 4:42 p.m. Inappropriate

    This is what happens when the "progressives" think they'll get greedy. But rest assured, they will TRY to shut down the backyard growers. Anyone who thinks the "war on marijuana" is over with is going to get a rude awakening in the next couple of years.


    Posted Thu, Jul 10, 7:40 p.m. Inappropriate

    Check it not fan. You really bother me-not. I will pray for some spiritual redemption for your soul.

    Posted Thu, Jul 10, 10:57 p.m. Inappropriate

    So you think I'm somehow responsible for police officers who commit rape? Please -- for your own sanity -- put the joint down and try to THINK with whatever brain cells you still have left.


    Posted Fri, Jul 11, 4:47 a.m. Inappropriate

    2 bits:
    guest its true what they say about usage and memory loss. almost a year ago to the day it was disclosed that by REGULATION Wa. state was only legalizing about one third of total product consumed. now add in the new users foolishly tempted and the new number be comes one quarter. so much for the non gateway drug crowd.
    4 bits:
    kinda looks as if instead of ridding us of pushers we just got one more pimp on the corner
    6 bits:
    if taking as a whole, allot of recent state policy has had the effect of rewarding an underground economy. while punishing honest folks.
    the dollar:
    as the last smart democrat said "how many times do you have to be hit in the head before you turn around and see who's doin' it?"

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