Washington State Celebrates First Day Of Legal Marijuana Sales

Washington began selling legal weed on Tuesday, making history as the second U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

2. But of those shops, only four were ready to open by Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Shops opened in Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, and Prosser on Tuesday. Some retailers planned to open later in the week, while others said it could be a month or more before they would have marijuana to sell.

3. Still, there were limited weed supplies, since licensed growers did not have time to produce a full crop.

Washington approved marijuana legalization at the same time that Colorado did in 2012, where stores opened on Jan. 1.

While Colorado allowed medical marijuana shops to convert to retail, Washington gave medical marijuana dispensary operators no advantage in the application process.

9. It was still a historic event, since it has not been legal to buy or sell marijuana in Washington for recreational purposes until now.

“Historic day in the Evergreen State!! Proud to be a Washingtonian,” reads the caption for this photo.

Washington’s law allows customers over 21 to buy up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles, 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquids, or 7 grams of concentrated marijuana, like hashish.

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