Washington pot stores open for business

24 stores in Washington allowed to sell marijuana legally

KELSO, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Two dozen stores issued permits opened for marijuana retail business in Washington Tuesday, although at least one was waiting for the shipment to arrive.

The Freedom Market in Kelso planned to open at noon, but the regulated marijuana shipment had not arrived. Store officials told KOIN 6 News the shipment was stuck in traffic and was expected to arrive by 7 p.m. However, marijuana did not arrive until close to 9 p.m.

Other stores in Washington did receive their delivery. Stores around the Seattle area were doing a bustling business.

Freedom Market officials said they were excited to open especially after state inspectors gave them high marks in June, noting they had more cameras than any other store.

There are the security cameras, of course, but there’s also pipes and paraphernalia, shelves and baskets.

But no pot.

Kathy Nelson, the owner of Freedom Market in Kelso, a retail marijuana store. July 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Kathy Nelson, the owner of Freedom Market in Kelso, a retail marijuana store. July 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“I’m riding the wave and it’s definitely been a bumpy ride to get here,” store owner Kathy Nelson told KOIN 6 News.

“We’re excited about opening day and all is ready and all is in order and in line and we’re just on pins and needles for product,” she said. “That’s been the disappointment.”

The demand for legal marijuana will far outweight the supply until mid-August, a problem Nelson is already dealing with.

They’ll be ready to open 30 minutes after their shipment arrives and will stay open until midnight — the latest they can under Washington state law.


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregonians rejected legalization just two years ago but are all but certain to have a chance to reconsider this November.

State elections officials haven’t yet validated the signatures turned in last week, but advocates submitted far more than they needed.

Oregon has long been on the leading edge of the decades-long push to loosen marijuana laws. It was the first state to decriminalize small-scale marijuana possession in 1973. Oregon was also among the first states to approve medical marijuana.

Unlike Oregon’s 2012 effort, the team behind the current initiative has strong backing from many of the groups and individuals who helped bankroll the successful campaigns in Colorado and Washington.

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