Wednesday, July 23, 2014   

Marijuana to be sold in Washington state
(07-08 11:27)

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday a day before the start of legal sales, and 21 hours before the only store licensed to sell in Seattle was set to open, a line was already forming.
At Cannabis City, a 65-year-old retiree named Deb Greene had a chair, sleeping bag, food, water and a 930-page book. "I voted for it, and I'm just so excited to see it come to be in my lifetime,'' she said. "I'm not a heavy user, I'm just proud of our state for giving this a try.''
The start of legal pot sales in Washington on Tuesday marks a major step. Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by voting in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, and to create state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing the pot. Sales began in Colorado on Jan. 1.
Businesses including Cannabis City, which will be the first and only recreational marijuana shop in Seattle, got word early Monday from the state that they were licensed marijuana dealers.
Owner James Lathrop worked into the night Sunday hoisting a grand-opening banner.
"I've had a long day. It really hasn't sunk in yet,'' Lathrop said. --AP   
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