Washington: State-Licensed Cannabis Retailers To Open Next Week

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 thoughts

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. @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. 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. 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.

  9. This is crazy! Why haven’t people figured out the truth left behind by their founding assembly and the true owners of America. The drug war has been over for sometime now. One just has to goto http://www.nativeamericanchurches.org and read the case law in the membership area. This is the only church in the world that has won every case it has been a part of. Furthermore, once you have read the case law you will see that you have some really amazing rights!

    Members use Peyote, mushrooms, and cannabis for spiritual growth and worship. ONAC just won in New York , Hawaii, Utah, and are awaiting a date in front of the judge to SUE (yeah you read that right) the DEA for taking cannabis that was addressed to the church .

    I am not the smartest knife in the box, but, what better way to restore balance in a world that is crazy, through spiritual growth. By the way, did you know that the Knights of Templar once used Cannabis to obtain higher awareness? I could type more but that would over burden you with too much info. Oh, what the heck! Here is one more bit of knowledge to use when you start using cannabis for spiritual growth. please read E-Squared, written by Pamela Grout. TRUST ME….READ IT (157 pgs that will bring world peace and inner peace!.)

  10. i need some info please. cps came to my house over a domestic violence issue, they said they were gonna be dealing with me and my husband for the next 30 days, anyways she said she would likely drug test me and my husband throughout the next 30 days. i am a breastfeeding mommy with a doctors recommendation in california. if i fail a drug test can cps take my baby away from me? what will happen? i am sooo incredibly scared, i stopped smoking and have been chugging water like crazy. my doctor said that it was fine to smoke a little while breastfeeding, what will happen?!

  11. Right I read on a gov. site; Peyote is illegal (Schedule I) for everyone except “American Indians”.!

    Interesting is “marinol is Gallic Acid Peyote;
    use 1,000 lbs. of Peyote to make 1 lb. Marinol
    Anne Greens Believe it or not !! Peyote Good!!

  12. “There is not ‘one dot’ of ‘real marijuana’ in Marinol…Marinol is from Gallic Acid and Gallic Acid is found in The Peyote Plant…this explains “the high of Marinol” being different than the high of Marijuana…!

  13. I seek quality MJ; not an abundant supply; so many quality genetic seeds “confiscated”; I find getting high quality weed to be “scarce”; this is why weed is so expensive!

  14. @Mamagoose, you need to flush out the enemy. Inlaws looking to adopt? Research local lawyers that are practised in family law. Dont be intimidated. Dont sign anything. Dont smoke or consume cannabis until you have reveived written notice the investigation is over, (even though it is safe to consume while breastfeeding). You need to find out who reported you and investigate the source.
    Find someone close to you that does not consume cannabis or even eaten a sesame seed and have them piss for you and pour it into a small container like one of those m&m snap top cylinders. Hide it in your underwear when you get a visit. Your body heat will keep it warm before you go to the bathroom.
    No one needs to enter your home without a warrant. Be tough. Get their name, tell them theyre tresspassing, and record them with your cell phone camera. You may want to conceal a recording device and interrogate the case worker. Keep all evidence, google and read your local penal code, family law, civil practise and remedies code and civil procedures. Be brave. Be prepared.

    @Timothy: Thanks for the references. You might enjoy the book by Sulah Benet called “Early Diffusions and Folk Uses of Hemp.” I believe her son wrote a follow up column for High Times regarding Kaneh Bosem and the holy anointing oils. Both great reads.
    Any research on the ethnobotany of human and cannabis evolution is quite fascinating, and may even explain not only the foundations of early hominid spiritual communion and religion, but it may be cannabis that provided our ancestors with a rather “camp fire” sense of origin and human identity. If we are to believe that cannabis originated from Central Asia, homo erectus arrived there more than 1.6 million years ago before we were genetically speciated into homo sapiens.
    It always pleases me to imagine our first modern ancestors throwing a bushel of cannabis into the fire, watching the sparks rise and mingle with the stars, as they spark their own conversation about God and Creation over some roasted hemp seeds…

  15. Hi Julian:
    I liked the paragraph about our first ancestors; I am sure they enjoyed the “high”;

    I like the way MJ makes me “think positively”.

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