After 18 months of anticipation, Washington state is finally on the eve of selling its first batch of legal weed at retail stores.
The following businesses received an email early yesterday morning notifying them that they have officially received this retail licenses and can begin selling legal weed today:
Whidbey Island Cannabis Company -- 5826 S. Kramer Rd Ste, Langley, Wa
Westside420 Recreational -- 4503 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview, Wa
Verde Valley -- 4007 Main St., Union Gap, Wa
Top Shelf Cannabis -- 3857 Hannegan Rd., Bellingham, Wa
The Happy Crop Shoppe -- 50 Rock Island Rd., East Wenatchee, Wa
Spokane Green Leaf -- 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd, Spokane, Wa
Space -- 3111 S. Pine St., Tacoma, Wa
Satori/Instant Karma -- 9301 N. Division St., Spokane, Wa
New Vansterdam -- 6515 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wa
Margie’s Pot Shop -- 405 E. Stueben, Bingen, Wa
Main Street Marijuana -- 2314 Main St., Vancouver, Wa
Green Theory -- 10697 Main St. Ste B, Bellevue, Wa
Green Star Cannabis -- 1403 N. Division St., Spokane, Wa
Freedom Market -- 820a Westside Hwy., Kelso, Wa
Creative Retail Management -- 7046 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, Wa
Cascade Kropz -- 19129 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington, Wa
Cannabis City -- 2733 4th Ave S., Seattle, Wa
Bud Hut -- 1123 E State Route 532, Camano Island, Wa
Austin Lott -- 29 Horizon Flats Rd., Winthrop, Wa
Altitude -- 260 Merlot Dr., Prosser, Wa
4us Retail -- 23251 Hwy. 20, Okanogan, Wa
420 Carpenter -- 422 Carpenter Rd., Lacey, Wa
2020 Solutions -- 2018 Iron St., Bellingham, Wa [Seattle Pi]
Thus far, only one licensed business resides in Seattle, Washington's main medical marijuana hub. According to Seattle PI, "Locations receiving licenses were selected by taking into account population, geographic dispersion and the individual applicant’s readiness to be licensed."
The approved businesses now have 24 hours to get their inventory in line and ready for sale tomorrow morning. After the "24 Hour quarantine period" -- during which businesses must register retail products with the state and fill out a document allowing them to transport to retail shops -- the businesses can begin transporting flower and stocking their shelves.
Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham believes they will be the lone business ready to roll at 8 AM tomorrow morning, so we expect that they'll receive the honor as Washington's first retail store to make a sale.
For now, these 24 businesses will be the first beneficiaries of Initiative 502's long awaited activation. That number should continue to grow this summer and throughout the year, as the state has given initial approval to a total of 334 retail shops in the state.
We'll be keeping an eye on the situation and providing updates as the fluid situation gets underway. It's a pleasure to finally call Washington America's second legal weed state.
Now let the games begin...