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Meet Some Of The First People To Buy Marijuana In Vancouver

OPB | July 10, 2014 10:30 a.m. | Updated: July 10, 2014 2:05 p.m. | Vancouver, Wash.

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Main Street Marijuana opened its doors Wednesday to a line that stretched across almost two city blocks and many generations. We decided to strike up a conversation with some of the Vancouver area’s most dedicated marijuana enthusiasts.

Foley planned to buy two grams of marijuana once the pot store opened.

Foley planned to buy two grams of marijuana once the pot store opened.

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Name: Daniel Foley

Age: 25

From: Vancouver, Wash.

How long have you been smoking pot?

I’ve been smoking on and off since I was 11 years old.

What’s your favorite thing about marijuana?

My favorite thing about marijuana is the euphoria it provides. It allows me to sleep; it’s also a good natural method to get rid of my insomnia. I used to take Ambien, but I stopped taking that because it gave me really bad vomiting fits day in and day out.

Have you ever been prescribed marijuana medically?

I haven’t had medical insurance my entire adult life. So it’s not really an option for me to pay $120 or $130 for someone to say, “Yes, this guy seems like it really needs it.”

Why do you think legalizing marijuana is important?

It’s just a plant. There are plenty of other ways to (expletive) with yourself.

 

Craven (right) came with her friend Kayli Becker for Main Street's opening.

Craven (right) came with her friend Kayli Becker for Main Street's opening.

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Name: Mariah Craven

Age: 23

From: Olympia, Wash.

Why do you smoke?

It brings people together, helps them relax. I have a lot of anxiety-ridden friends that are easier to hang out with when they’re not worried about everything all the time.

How do you feel about your first legal high?

I feel pretty good!

What effect do you think legalizing pot in Washington will have?

The more we know about something, the less fear we have. It’s going to force everyone to learn about it for real, and to know how to use it responsibility. It’s not just a thing for high school kids to abuse.

 

John Jones brought his two chihuahuas for company while he waited in line.

John Jones brought his two chihuahuas for company while he waited in line.

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Name: John Jones

Age: 49

From: Vancouver, Wash.

Why do you smoke?

It opens up a wider pathway for communication with a greater spirit. It’s a sacred thing that God has given to us for religious purposes. That’s mainly why I smoke. The gift of life has many blessings.

What religion or belief system do you identify with?

I am a Jesus freak, in the first order of the inner circle of Jesus Christ, the highest lord and king!

Why do you support the legalization of pot?

There are legalities made by men, but I’ve seen the legalities of the Bible – that God made all things pure and good. And man sees fault? Then that’s his problem. It’s due to your lack of faith. They make up their own little laws. I don’t care what any federal judge says. I’ll look it up in the Bible and plop it on a judge’s desk and say, “God’s word supersedes any man’s law, and I do not recognize your authority!”

 

Smith holds a bag of "Sensiberry Wonder" cannibis that she purchased from a stand stationed about a block away from Main Street Marijuana.

Smith holds a bag of "Sensiberry Wonder" cannibis that she purchased from a stand stationed about a block away from Main Street Marijuana.

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Name: Allison Smith

Age: 23

From: Vancouver, Wash.

Why are you in line today?

It’s such a significant moment in history. I had to come out and be a part of this amazing opening.

How often do you smoke?

I’m not even a frequent user. I smoke probably twice a month.

Why do you support the decriminalization of cannabis?

I think it comes down to freedom of choice. American citizens should have the ability to choose whether or not they want to smoke. It’s not more dangerous than anything that’s legal out there. I honestly don’t understand why it took so long for it to become legalized.

What’s your favorite aspect of smoking weed?

I love the way weed smells. I like smelling it almost as much as I like smoking it.

Are you excited for your first legal high?

I think it will be unlike any other high I’ve ever had before.

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