Historic First Day of Legal Pot Retail (for recreational use) in Seattle! 7/8/14

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Today marks the day that the first 25 legal recreational cannabis retailers opened shop in Washington State. Surprisingly just one store, “Cannabis City”, opened in Seattle, so I went there to check it out this afternoon.

I arrived at about 1:30pm, and by then there were already long lines in front, happy shoppers and/or gawkers loitering about, a couple of satellite television vans and numerous roving reporters and bloggers like myself. Though technically illegal, there was a slight smell of cannabis in the air from consumers who couldn’t wait to get home before trying out purchases but no one seemed to mind.

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As I walked past the storefront to see how long the line to get in was, I saw people giving interviews to various media outlets and barricades with security guards regulating the number of customers in the store.

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Though the demographics of the folks in line skewed towards younger college-age people, there were actually a wide range of people of different ages and races represented, showing how diverse Seattle’s cannabis community truly is. As one can tell from the photos, it was a nice day to be out and the atmosphere was festive. Even the security guards seemed to be having a good time.

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I was tempted to join the line myself, but seeing how it zig-zagged the length of the building and hearing it’d take a couple of hours to get in, I decided to do a return trip another day. Fortunately the shop is just a short bus ride from where I live.

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A happy customer leaving the store showing off his purchase.

While it may be true that cannabis is still cheaper in the underground market, The Stranger makes a compelling case for why establishments like Cannabis City should be supported.

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