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Washington issues first pot shop licenses

First Published Jul 07 2014 09:13AM      Last Updated Jul 07 2014 12:01 pm
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The store will be open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, he said, but work remained: trimming the bathroom door, cleaning the floors, wiping dust off the walls and, of course, stocking the shelves.

In Seattle, among those who planned to buy some of the first pot at Cannabis City was Alison Holcomb, the lawyer who drafted Washington’s law. She said it was a good opportunity to remind people of the big-picture arguments for ending nearly a century of prohibition and displacing the black market, including keeping nonviolent, adult marijuana users out of jail; redirecting profits away from criminal groups; and ending racial disparities in who gets busted.



"No one thought legalization could happen in our lifetime," she said. "I think this is going to be a little overwhelming for me."

 

 

 

 

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