BELLINGHAM — A crowd of more than 50 people waited outside the only recreational pot store opening its doors in Bellingham on the first legal day to sell marijuana. And the first person in line is from Kansas.
The first shipment of marijuana rolled into the Top Shelf Cannabis at 5 this morning just hours before it was scheduled to hit store shelves. The store will receive 20 pounds of product today.
Personnel meticulously counted each gram before it was entered into a computer and stocked on the shelves, scheduled to go on sale at 8 a.m.
Outside, eager customers were waiting to be the first to buy recreational marijuana. Cale Holdsworth was the first person in line this morning at 4 am. He is from Kansas visiting family and was excited to find out that his trip coincided with this monumental day.
Holdsworth said, “We support the cause and we thought it would be great to come down and experience history first hand and just be a part of it and support. Not only that but you can’t really travel with the stuff being that it’s only legal in a few states so we just don’t have any with us.”
Other pot stores across Western Washington ran into significant delays ahead of their openings.
Two stores in Tacoma could not open after running into problems with suppliers. Two stores in Bellevue also could not open their doors today because they have paperwork to complete. Another retail shop in Bellingham also could not open until later this week.