SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--The owner of Spokane Green Leaf, Spokane’s first legal marijuana shop, said supply was low and they would be limited to what they could sell on Tuesday.
A marijuana processor in the Spokane Valley said they only had enough pot to ship out 13-pounds of marijuana on Tuesday. Farmer J’s LLC finished packaging products on Monday morning. The marijuana sat in a quarantine room on Monday at the facility. By law, the marijuana has to sit in the room for 24-hours before it can be sent to businesses. The Washington Liquor Control Board said the rule was meant to ensure that marijuana products were being sent to the right places.
Jared Herling, President of Farmer J’s LLC, said he wished he had 500-pounds of marijuana to sell on Tuesday. The amount that he did have was only going to three stores across the state.
"One store in Vancouver, one store in Lacey and one in Spokane,” said Herling.
Herling said there were about 20 retailers on his waiting list. He blamed the issue on time. Herling started producing marijuana immediately after he received his license in March. He said it takes about four months to grow, trim and package the marijuana. He suspected that was why most retailers would not be able to open on Tuesday. He did not believe there was enough product to go around.
"A year from now we are going to be at full production and it's a different story,” said Herling.
The available marijuana at Farmer J’s LLC was set to be delivered by vehicles on Tuesday morning. He said Tuesday was the beginning of a much larger production.