SPOKANE, Wash.— Customers purchased the first legal marijuana in Spokane Tuesday afternoon, after the first licensed retailer opened its doors for business.
The line of customers hoping to get their hands on the first bit of inventory wrapped around the corner at Green Leaf near the intersection of Country Homes Boulevard and Division Street. There were at least 100 people in line at 1:30 p.m., shortly before Green Leaf opened to sell the first legal marijuana in Spokane.
Staff limited customers to one purchase each. They could either buy a two-gram or a four-gram package of marijuana. The packages were priced at about $25 per gram.
Customers said they could get marijuana much cheaper on the black market. The Liquor Control Board said it estimated legal pot sales would account for about 25% of the total market. Officials said it could end up costing twice as much to buy pot legally, compared to the black market.
"Could be even higher than that, and obviously that's a concern because it effects our market share," Chris Marr with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
Staff members worked to keep up with the growing crowd of customers throughout the day at Green Leaf. The Liquor Control Board said it hoped to have the rest of the licensed marijuana retail stores up and running by the end of the year.