Legalized weed sales in Washington started on Tuesday, and for three hazy days Seattle's Cannabis City sold 4,990 grams of grass to the masses. Then they ran out. The News Tribune reported Friday that the city's sole legal pot dispensaries sold its last gram of marijuana (which cost an exorbitant $46.77 per two grams with tax) Thursday evening. “We knew it was coming,” James Lathrop, the store's owner, said. “We didn’t have any guaranteed additional deliveries.”
As The Wire explained earlier this week, the problem with Washington's legal pot launch was that there wasn't enough product and the dispensaries were in the wrong places. Seattle, where the demand for marijuana is high, only has one dispensary, while some conservative counties that voted against legalization have several. More critical, people didn't get licenses to start growing plants until March, and Lathrop noted that it takes 3-4 months for a plant to mature. The New York Times reported that a shortage was likely — it only took three days.
Given reports of how Cannabis City's grand opening went, it's not surprising they sold out so quickly. According to Q13 Fox News, hundreds of people waited in line for the opening, including a 65-year-old grandmother who waited 21 hours to be first in line. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes was fourth in line and told the station that "I’m here to personally exercise myself this new freedom ... I bought two 2-gram bags of OG Pearl, which was recommended. I’m keeping one bag for posterity and one for personal enjoyment at some point when it’s appropriate."
Seattle residents won't have to wait long for Cannabis City to get back in business. According to Time, the store will reopen on July 21.
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