UPDATE: The recreational marijuana industry is well under way. You may purchase legal weed at these Seattle marijuana stores.
No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. We are actually a couple of days late for that. But it could very well be considered a “thorn in the side” type of joke to thousands of people who have eagerly been waiting for the re-birth of the legal Seattle marijuana industry. For people who are looking to use medical marijuana as a way of pain relief, the use of products such as a distillate inhaler is not yet legal for residents of Seattle. But as the law constantly changes regarding this industry, it may been sooner than you think where medical marijuana patients will be able to get their hands on the right medication, in the hopes of managing pain effectively and start getting their life back on track.
Forecasts first predicted May as the official grand opening of the legal marijuana in Seattle, and then it was June. Now it’s Early July. A bummer none the less but it is better than waiting until 2015, which would be a worse case scenario.
Only 8 pot growers have been issued licenses since the historic date of March 5, when 32 year old Sean Green became the first person to receive a legal marijuana license from the liquor control board. Currently, there are 36 growers who are anticipating inspections.
One of the likely reasons why the date was pushed back is because growers need about 3 months to grow and prepare the bud for sale. Sites like GreenBudGuru show some of the high-tech equipment that growers use nowadays, but since growers are not allowed to grow legal marijuana until after they have received their license, they will need about 3 months after the date of issuance. When the legalisation of marijuana does eventually happen, people who are considering venturing into this industry by opening their very own dispensary would benefit from looking into something like Green Bits’ dispensary software to help keep their business running and stick to the rules and regulations of the cannabis industry. Plus, it will help you interact a lot easier with your customers, which should always be a priority for any business. Hopefully, the legalisation will happen sooner than you think.
So what does this all mean for I-502 and legal marijuana in Washington State? Besides a delay in giving the general adult public the ability to use their statewide right to purchase legal cannabis and a delay in the benefits that tax dollars would give the state of Washington, it doesn’t really mean much.
Colorado opened its’ doors to the legal cannabis industry several months ago now, and they are still opening factions of it. For example, if you were not a previously a medical marijuana shop in Colorado, then you won’t be opening up shop until july, the same time Washington State plans to unleash the industry.
Once the city of Seattle and Washington opens its’ door to the industry, it’s going to take a while before everything falls into place. One thing for sure, it’s not going to happen overnight and not without possible hiccups. Since the date has been pushed back, it is hoped that this extra time can allow the Liquor Control Board and the state of Washington can make this roll out go go even more smooth than anticipated.
In the meantime, what is one to do if they just can’t wait until early July? Don’t fret because there are options – in fact there are legal options. Even though it is technically illegal to operate recreational marijuana shops in Seattle, there are a couple establishments that are working alongside state officials to conduct business and give the citizen an option to practice their right of purchasing legal marijuana. Yes, it is technically illegal, and grey area, but since there is no industry set up, state officials and police are turning a blind eye.
The Winterlife Cooperative and the Raccoons Club, are two marijuana delivery services operating within the city limits of Seattle. Ordering weed from them is simply visiting their website or Twiter page, picking up the phone and placing an order. Winterlife has gained national media attention for their grey area delivery service while Raccoon Club is more in the “shadows.”
If you can’t wait until early July, then these cannabis deliver services are a viable option. Or, you can take a Seattle marijuana tour to brush up on your cannabis knowledge. In the meantime, sit tight. The weather will clear up soon, warm up some, and before you know it, that big date will have arrived.
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