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Pot Store Opens Doors In Vancouver

OPB | July 9, 2014 12:07 p.m. | Updated: July 9, 2014 1:53 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The first recreational marijuana store opened its doors in Vancouver, Washington Wednesday morning. Shane Kelley was among the first customers at Main Street Marijuana.

Mark Edwards was at the front of the line Wednesday to buy legal marijuana in Vancouver.

Mark Edwards was at the front of the line Wednesday to buy legal marijuana in Vancouver.

Dahlia Bazzaz / OPB

“I hope to see the price go down. I enjoy smoking and I don’t see any problem with this,” he said.

Main Street Marijuana is selling pot for anywhere from $20 to $30 per gram. The store opened at 11 a.m., and is limiting the number of customers who can be in the store at one time.

A couple hundred customers had been in the store by about noon.

“Its a groundbreaking thing,” store manager Chris Stipe told Think Out Loud’s Dave Miller.

Stipe said he’d like to sell the marijuana at $8 a gram, but currently the price is $25 because of low supply.

“The price is definitely going to drop,” he said.

Despite the expensive prices, Stipe said it was a historic day for him as a business owner. “It feels amazing. I’m ecstatic. It’s awesome, I love it,” he said when OPB’s David Miller asked what it was like to be selling legal marijuana. “The sky’s the limit.”

Stipe said he hoped the surge of business seen Wednesday would continue and spiral out into the community.

“It will help the hotels, it will help out the restaurants,” he said.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for Main Street Marijuana to support what he called the opening of another new business.

Leavitt said, “There have been no problems thus far other than there’s quite a crowd outside. You know it’s important for us to keep the sidewalk open and accessibility for folks who are trying to pass through.”

The store was selling J’s Famous Kush and Sour Kush from between $20 to $30 a gram, OPB’s Kristian Foden-Vencil reported.

It came with a warning saying it has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. It also listed a pesticide used in production.

Several customers complained about the lack of choice and the cost, but they all expected prices to come down once Vancouver’s other five retail permits are used.

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