Washington recreational weed will go on sale Tuesday. Not all of the state’s 334 stores are licensed yet so it will not be available in some areas.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board will issue licenses early Monday morning and marijuana retail stores may open the next day. But there will only be 15 to 20 licenses issued at that time.
Expect long lines, short supplies and high prices. There will likely be a shortage almost immediately so expect rationing.
Don’t expect to find any medibles, just dried weed. So far only one marijuana kitchen has been licensed, with short marijuana supplies, what is available will likely go directly to the marijuana retail shops.
Marijuana Stores In Washington Get Ready
Washington pot shops are getting ready for the big day in this video and are hoping the shelves wont be bare. Although it is legal to buy up to an ounce of marijuana the short supply will likely mean amounts will be limited to 1/8 ounce at first.
Bumpy Road Ahead For Washington Recreational Marijuana
Colorado’s recreational marijuana program launched fairly smoothly but Washington’s recreational weed is in short supply and it will be a bumpy road ahead until enough licenses are issued and enough growers are in full production.
The board has so far licensed fewer than 80 growers statewide, out of more than 2,600 applicants. And only a fraction of their pot — roughly 560,000 square feet is in production, or about 10 football fields’ worth — has gone through required lab-testing. Many harvests won’t be ready by early July.http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/06/us-usa-marijuana-washington-idUSKBN0FB0EH20140706
There are estimates that only about 500 pounds of marijuana is available for sale statewide. While that might seem like a lot to some, you can be sure it won’t last long.
Colorado already had a state licensed medical marijuana program which it used to transition to recreational marijuana production. All production and tracking details were already in place and only licensed medical marijuana businesses were allowed to sell and grow recreational weed at the start.
In contrast Washington has had to start from scratch. Washington’s medical marijuana dispensaries are unregulated and operating under a loophole in the current medical marijuana law. They are a loose cannon that the WSLCB would like to shut down and are viewed as unwanted competition. An attempt to shut them down earlier this year failed but their future is uncertain.
Expect a healthy black market in Washington due to the high taxes, 25% on each tier of production.