Out-of-stocks could leave Washington pot buyers bummed
Marijuana makes its debut as a legal high today in Washington State and big crowds are expected. The problem is that the 24 stores selling the herb already know demand will outweigh supply as most of the 79 growers licensed by Washington will not have their crops ready for shipment until later in the summer.
Amber McGowan, manager of Cannabis City, the first pot store to open in Seattle, told KING-TV that its first shipment of 2,265 two-gram bags, sold at $54 each, will not last long.
Ms. McGowan’s concern is understandable when you see that customers are camping outside the store to be among the first to buy legal pot.
Deb Greene, a 65-year-old retiree, showed up outside Cannabis City with food, water and a sleeping bag.
"I voted for it, and I’m just so excited to see it come to be in my lifetime," Ms. Greene told The Associated Press. "I’m not a heavy user, I’m just proud of our state for giving this a try."
- Washington State Issues 24 Marijuana Shop Licenses – The Associated Press
- History made: Your first Washington-licensed marijuana retail stores – Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Everything you need to know about legal marijuana in Washington – Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Pot Bust? Shaky start likely for Washington state sales – KING-TV/USA Today
- With legal marijuana, Washington joins an exclusive club – USA Today
- States legal pot gets rolling – The Seattle Times (tiered sub.)
How long do you think it will be before traditional retail store operators get into marijuana retailing in states where it is legal? Do you see legal marijuana expanding to other states in the near future?