Customers weigh value of legal, illegal marijuana

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 12:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Among the more than 100 customers who lined up to buy legal marijuana in Spokane Tuesday, several told KREM 2 Green Leaf was selling marijuana for more than what it goes for illegally on the streets.

Green Leaf was the only one of Spokane’s three licensed pot shops which opened Tuesday, the first day of legal marijuana sales in Washington state.

MORE: First recreational marijuana shop opens in Spokane

Alex Rehburg waited outside the store starting at 10 p.m. the night before the shop opened. He lined up even though he knew the price was high.

"A typical quarter will go for about $50 or $60, so that's what you'll probably be getting for about two grams here for."

A quarter is about seven grams of marijuana.

The store sold two grams for $50 and four-gram packets for $100. Rehburg said he could get two grams on the street for $15.

"It's more about the legalization. You can get it on the street anywhere you want, much cheaper than you can here and we all know that. But we're all here because it's finally being legalized."

Rehburg said being a part of history was worth it, but he planned on using his other sources for pot.

"If I’m going to pay $50 dollars, I'd much rather get three times as much from a friend."

READ: Customers pay higher prices to be part of pot history

Other customers, however, said it pays to know what you’re getting.

"You don't know what you're getting on the street,” said Mike Boyer, the first customer in line outside Green Leaf. “You don't know if it's laced; you don't know anything anymore. So coming to a safe environment where you know what you're getting, you know where it's coming from--to me, that's a lot better."

Boyer also said he wants his money to go toward something bigger.

"But the problem on the black market is that your money is just going to that guy. Here, it's going back into the state [and] you're getting quality product. You can't get that on the street. You don't know what you're getting."

Above all, said Boyer, it's about quality.

“On average, this is way top notch."

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