Happy Tuesday, Seattle! It’s all happening!
The second retail shop for recreational marijuana in Seattle proper will open it’s doors today at noon. A total of sixty retail licenses for recreational marijuana shops were granted for the city. The first retail shop opened July 8, 2014, and until today, it was the the one and only provider. Congratulations to the residents of Seattle, and congratulations to the state, as it will finally be able to begin cashing in on more of the high tax revenue earned from retail purchases of recreational marijuana.
Cannabis City, pictured above, is currently the sole retail shop, and is not able to keep product on the shelves. The store flies a flag outside to show customers whether any product is available each day. Sometimes the only products available at the store are pre-rolled joints or shake, which is not near the quality expected by customers. This store often running out of product means there is a higher demand for retail marijuana than there is supply. This means that consumers inside Seattle proper do not want to commute to the metro area to purchase their marijuana, and that is great news for store number two, called Uncle Ike’s, as well as all shops opening in the future.
Three more recreational marijuana shops are scheduled to open by October 18, 2014. The remaining shops have yet to announce opening dates. Consumers, shop owners and the state of Washington all stand to benefit from the grand openings of the remaining fifty five shops. More retail product available for consumer purchase promotes purchases leaving the black market.
photo credit: AvgeekJoe