KELSO, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Staff and customers alike cheered when the first shipment of legal, recreational marijuana finally arrived at the Freedom Market in Kelso after a nearly nine hour delay.
“This is history – it really is awesome. And it’s pretty cool we’re one of the first six to open,” said Freedom Market Manager Hollie Hillman.
Dozens of people waited in line for hours for the marijuana originally slated to arrive at noon on Tuesday.
More than a year and a half after voters legalized recreational marijuana, 24 stores issued permits opened for marijuana retail business in Washington on Tuesday.
Kimberly Howard, who was visiting Kelso from South Carolina, was one of the first people to purchase from the Freedom Market once the marijuana shipment arrived just after 8:30 p.m.
“I think if you’re older, like my age and older, then it’s been a long time coming, ya know? It should have been legal a long time ago – that’s the way I feel about it,” said Howard.
The product being sold at the Freedom Market costs about $33 after taxes per gram, which is roughly the same price Main Street Marijuana in downtown Vancouver is expected to sell its product for Wednesday morning.
Some 300 to 400 people are expected to line up outside the Vancouver store before the door even open around 11 a.m.
So far, the store owners of Freedom Market in Kelso said they have been well-received.