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Legal retail marijuana will be available in early July
The Seattle PI ^ | June 12, 2014 | Jake Ellison

Posted on 06/13/2014 10:31:19 PM PDT by steve86

Yes, Washington marijuana growers will have product ready for sale in the first week of July in time for the first wave of 20-30 stores receiving state licenses.

Exactly which day those first stores will open, how much you’ll be able to buy and how much it will cost the consumer is still mostly an open question, but there will be legal weed on store shelves.

But expect it to sell out fast.

“There’s just no way it’s not going to sell out,” said Attila Soos, the owner of Verdavanti, one of the largest growers licensed so far. He will have product to offer stores for that first week, he said.

“We’ll have product for retailers as long as they are licensed. We expect things to start rolling out July 1st, but it is safe to assume that not all retailers will receive their license July 1st, so you’ll likely see our products being rolled out in weekly phases across the state.”

And there’s a tough, fast-paced, free-market battle going on right now as you read this story. Soos added:

“We’re at a point where one gentleman wrote to every single producer and processor that he wanted to buy product, and he kept everyone in the contact list. The next retailer simply hit the reply-all button and said ‘I’ll match whatever you guys offer to him and on top of it I’ll add 15 percent.’

“There’s no real feasible way to meet the demand at this point.”

And, according to many conversations we’ve had with growers and hopeful retailers, prices per gram will range from $15 to $25 (with some higher spikes and brief lows, possibly at $12 a gram) during those first few days and weeks, but then level out at … about the same range.

While we’ve heard of some growers trying to lock in very high prices (we heard of one pitch to sell a pound at $6,500 to the retailer, who then has to tack on his/her costs and taxes), those are aberrations. By and large, from what we’ve heard, growers and retailers are looking long-term and don’t want to anger each other or the consumer.

“We’re pioneers in the industry,” said John Evich, a retail hopeful. “We want to be among the first to open. We want to benefit the future of the industry, because my research tells me that if we charge everyone $25 a gram, people are going to be pissed off at the industry and say that retail is a joke.”

Evich is part of retail hopeful Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, owned by Thomas Beckely. He believes the store will be among the first licensed in the state.

“We want to offer a wide variety of prices and quality that’s affordable,” Evich said. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me, ‘We’re just going to keep buying from the black market or from medical.’ And that’s what we don’t want to see. I want to see this come out, and the retail be looked at, and (Initiative) 502 be looked at, as a good thing and a fair thing.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: empowergovernment; enrichgovernment; makegovhappybuypot; marijuana; potheads; wod
Excerpt due to length.

Lots of clickable pic previews at source.


1 posted on 06/13/2014 10:31:19 PM PDT by steve86
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To: steve86

While the decadence of this kind is to get sad for, it is not the most tragic influence in the land (IMHO of course).

The most tragic influence is the steady drip drip drip loss of faith.


2 posted on 06/13/2014 10:37:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: steve86

When do the legal gay brothels open up there and in Colorado?


3 posted on 06/13/2014 10:38:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here, in the eastern side of WA State, almost every city and county is banning retail mj outlets (prohibiting business licenses). I’m quite positive they would also ban brothels, gay or otherwise.


4 posted on 06/13/2014 10:50:04 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Mexican cartels will make-up for any shortages.

Save your state approved baggies to keep it in.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 10:52:20 PM PDT by alpo (What would Selco do?)
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To: steve86

“No Stems No Seeds that you don’t need...Acapulco Gold is..............*toke*.............bad a$$ weeeeeeed.”


6 posted on 06/13/2014 10:53:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those will definitely have Obama’s approval.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 11:16:52 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

“Those will definitely have Obama’s approval.”

Look for the Choom Gang label.


8 posted on 06/13/2014 11:20:21 PM PDT by Pelham (Either Deportation or Amnesty.)
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To: steve86

According to the kids I work with, a quarter ounce of premium buds costs about $100 on the illegal market.

That would be in the range of $14-$15 a gram.

Has anyone heard what major employers in Seattle plan to do once it’s legal?

I believe our new law still gives employers the right to fire or not hire someone who is positive for marijuana on a drug screen.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 11:34:06 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: steve86

I bet most of the NBA players are clamoring for a team to be put back in Seattle.


10 posted on 06/13/2014 11:41:04 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: zeestephen

they will have to start them off at $15/hr


11 posted on 06/13/2014 11:49:22 PM PDT by Finatic (Sometimes I think it would be nice to just get it on and get it over with. Once and for all.)
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To: steve86

While here in Puyallup (western Washington) there’s more pot shops on the main drag now than espresso stands.


12 posted on 06/14/2014 3:29:12 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: steve86

Keep the people drugged so they don’t make trouble. Sounds like a great formula for our continued slide into the sewer.


13 posted on 06/14/2014 6:10:48 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: zeestephen

In commierado anyone with a ccw doesnt get near anyone with pot; legal, medical, any kind.


14 posted on 06/14/2014 6:29:49 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Catmom

I’ve never yet seen one in person — medical or otherwise.


15 posted on 06/14/2014 7:10:28 AM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: madprof98
Keep the people drugged so they don’t make trouble. Sounds like a great formula for our continued slide into the sewer.

People who want to are getting drugged already. Did the end of Prohibition of the drug alcohol accelerate a slide into the sewer

16 posted on 06/14/2014 10:59:54 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Libertarians are great at false analogies. Toke up, fella! You won’t even notice when the country disintegrates around you.


17 posted on 06/14/2014 12:28:07 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: madprof98
Libertarians are great at false analogies.

I take it you're referring to alcohol and Prohibition; where's the falsity? Alcohol and marijuana are mind-altering substances - and the "Progressives" who championed Prohibition swore up and down that alcohol was causing the country to disintegrate around them.

18 posted on 06/14/2014 2:38:28 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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