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‘Uncle Ike’s’ — Seattle’s 2nd legal pot store — built like a fortress, to open Tuesday

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SEATTLE — In less that 24-hours Seattle’s second legal pot shop is set to open its doors.

The retail outlet is called Uncle Ike’s and its focus isn’t just on the pot – security is paramount at the new facility on 23rd Avenue and East Union Street.

The first thing you notice is the construction – the building looks as secure as Fort Knox. And for added protection, security is being run by ex-military.

“One entrance, no other points of entry or people can break into,” said property owner Ian Eisenberg. “Double secured roof, nobody’s going to drill through the roof or crash through the walls. I don’t think we’re going to have any problems there.”

The shop is only a few hundred square feet. Uncle Ike’s owners hope the safety features will blend into the background.

“We’re just focusing on opening up this one shop, doing the best job we possibly can,” said Eisenberg. “No problems, no security issues, running a tight ship and doing it correctly.”

The shop is trying to avoid the kind of problems seen at Seattle’s first legal pot store, Cannabis City.

Owners there said a street-level drug dealer shows up to fill the gap when supply runs out -- and things turned ugly when they asked the dealer to leave

“He had approached him and, actually, threw some punches, and so we have definitely involved the police. When it gets physical, it’s just not, it’s just not fun for anyone,” Amber McGowan said.

So Ike’s hired Adan Yescas and his security firm Apache 6. Yescas and his team are ex-military. He said they bring professional grade security to the fledgling Washington pot industry.

“We have security on site here, we have some undercover guys that will be inside and roaming in the parking lot,” he said.

Next door to the pot shop is another retail space that will be used to sell pipes and other marijuana wares.

The grand opening for both storefronts is scheduled for noon Tuesday.

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10 comments

    • Noah

      If these retailers had gotten the Nation’s first full service Security company specializing in the Cannabis industry…. CANNA SECURITY AMERICA . None of this would be a problem Canna has been tackling these problems in Colorado and across the nation for years , first on the Medical side and now the Recreational side. Their systems and individually personalized security plans are tailored to meet the needs of today’s real world applications. All that being said they have a proven track record of success and that’s with arrests and convictions and absolutely no violence or “thugs” were needed to do so…

  • Frosted Flake

    You don’t need thugs. One videocamera would keep any dealing at a distance. It would also protect customers on the way in and out. Another camera inside will ID any armed robber. Thugs are at best expensive targets. At worst, Niccolo Machiavelli described mercenaries very well. In any case, it’s a store, not a nightclub.

  • Joe

    Refer madness propaganda created the hysteria a long time ago, but now its good news that liberty is coming back to a small degree and there will be less domestic violence, alcoholism and other addictions that should recede with a reasonable outlet of stress release. Too bad the morons ever had control over people in the first place.

  • Considerate individual

    How utterly disrespectful to have this place next door to a church. The plaza right down the block couldn’t have worked? Where’s the sense of decency and respect? Even if I don’t believe in what you believe I still have the common courtesy of respecting your belief! #andpeoplewonderwhytheresnopeace!

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