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Legal pot sales begin today in Washington state

Published: Tue, July 8, 2014 @ 11:49 a.m.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington became the second state today to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as customers eager to be the first to buy pot lined up outside stores.

People began purchasing marijuana at 8 a.m. at Bellingham's Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling pot as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the store opened.

The first three customers in line were residents of Kansas, in Bellingham for their grandfather's 84th birthday. Sarah Gorton, 24, of Abilene, Kan., came with her younger brother Robbie, as well as her boyfriend.

"It's just a happy coincidence and an opportunity we're not going to have for a long time," said Sarah Gorton, a 24-year-old with dreadlocks and homemade jewelry. "I'm really thrilled to be a part of something that I never thought would happen."

The start of legal pot sales in Washington marks a major step that's been 20 months in the making.

Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by voting in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults older than 21, and to create state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing the pot. Sales began in Colorado on Jan. 1.


1handymandave(474 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

May as well legalize everything we lost the so called "war on drugs" decades ago.

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2FreedomTruth(28 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

May as well? The government never had the consent of the people to restrict anything they put into their bodies in the first place! They have as much right to tell us what we can consume as they do to tell us what we are to think.

Even Thomas Jefferson said “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny”

Did you know that . according to the CDC, an American dies every 19 minutes from an unintended overdose of prescription drugs. Yet nobody, since recorded history, has ever died from a marijuana overdose! If the government seriously wanted to prevent mishaps, they wouldn't let the pharmaceutical companies "climb in bed" with the FDA.

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