Fasten your seatbelt and put your tray tables in the upright position. The smoking sign is about to be lit.
You’ve got about 48 hours until licensed, public, retail marijuana sales begin for the first time ever in Washington and the second time ever in the United States.
If the opening day experience earlier this year in Colorado is any guide, then buyers can expect long lines and prices higher than they’ve been paying on the street.
First, however, those buyers need to know which stores will open – and that could prove problematic.
The state Liquor Control Board on Monday will announce the approved locations where marijuana and marijuana-infused products can be sold.
It’s been a busy 19 months since Initiative 502, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana, went into effect.
The state has hired experts, conducted public hearings, established rules.
Entrepreneurs have refined their dreams, filed applications, paid fees and reacted either with disappointment or elation as their applications were denied or approved.
Approved growers have been growing marijuana for months, tagging each plant with a bar code to record the progress from sprout to sale. Labs have analyzed each sample to test for purity. Licensed processors have been weighing, packaging and labeling their product.
On Tuesday, sales begin.
Questions? You bet.
Answers? Right here.
The state will allow 11 stores in Thurston County, including six at-large, two each in Lacey and Olympia and one Tumwater.