Washington Poised To Start Legal Marijuana Sales – Toledo Blade

I voted for it, and Im just so excited to see it come to be in my lifetime, said Deb Green, a 65-year-old retiree who waited all night outside Cannabis City, the only licensed shop in Seattle. Im not a heavy user; Im just proud of our state for giving this a try. Todays start of legal pot sales in Washington marks a major step thats been 20 months in the making. Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by voting in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, and to create state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing the pot. Sales began in Colorado on Jan. 1. The final days before sales have been frenetic for growers and retailers alike throughout Washington. Cannabis City owner James Lathrop and his team hired an events company to provide crowd control, arranged for a food truck and free water for those who might spend hours waiting outside, and rented portable toilets to keep his customers from burdening nearby businesses with requests to use the restrooms. Store openings are expected to be accompanied by high prices, shortages and celebration. As soon as the stores were notified Monday, they began working to place their orders with some of the states first licensed growers. Once the orders were received through state-approved software for tracking the bar-coded pot, the growers placed their products in a required 24-hour quarantine before shipping it early today.
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