Seattle's Only Licensed Pot Retailer Prepares For Long Lines

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Amber McGowan, left, and Krystal Klacsan, right, work Monday, July 7, 2014, at the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City in Seattle to apply a state-mandated frosted film to the front of a display case that will contain pot varieties when legal sales begin on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The store will be the first and only store in Seattle to initially sell recreational marijuana on Tuesday. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Today, for the first time ever, stores in Washington state can begin selling recreational pot legally. Almost two years ago, voters there approved a measure to legalize non-medical marijuana.

Finally, two dozen sellers got licenses yesterday. But only a few of them are ready to open today. And there is only one licensed retailer in the state’s biggest city, Seattle. That’s Cannabis City.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with the store’s manager, Amber McGowan, who’s been up since early this morning preparing for a long line at the midday opening.


  • Amber McGowan, manager of Cannabis City in Seattle, Wash.
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