Stuff co.nz 9 July 2014
Eager customers lined up before dawn on Tuesday (local time) as Washington became the second US state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use, although shortages and high prices were likely to accompany any euphoria.
Store employees clapped and cheered at Top Shelf Cannabis in the northern city of Bellingham as its first buds were sold to a 29-year-old from Kansas, Cale Holdsworth.
‘‘I’m happy to be a part of history,’’ said Holdsworth, who was on vacation visiting family and took his place at the front of the line at about 4am.
A handful of shops opened a day after 25 outlets were issued licenses under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012.
The nation, and the federal government, are watching Washington’s rollout as a broader trend of liberalisation and pro-pot activism takes hold in the United States.