Local pot shop gears up for recreational sales

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 11:02 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A local store is getting ready for its first recreational marijuana sale. Washington state’s legal recreational marijuana industry is set to begin next week.

READ: WA Liquor Control Board announces delay for buying marijuana

The store ‘Satori’ along Division in North Spokane recently went through its final inspection with the Washington State Liquor Control Board. The store’s owner is now waiting for its license so the shop can start selling pot to the public.

"It's a booming, emerging market, so getting in on the ground floor sounded like an exciting way to create a business," said owner Justin Wilson.

Wilson has been working for months to get the store ready. He has had his eye on this industry since voters approved Initiative 502 in 2012.

"Get ready, this is going to be fun. That's about it, it's going to be a great experience," said Wilson.

Tuesday afternoon, regulators made sure Wilson was keeping the store up to code, particularly regarding security measures.

"They definitely wanted to make sure that the cameras were in the right spots," said Wilson.

Wilson said the public should expect prices to reach as much as $70 for an eighth of an ounce.
   
That would amount to $560 for an ounce, which is the legal limit people could purchase. 

READ: Spokane Co. pot producer expects one ounce to cost $700

"July, August, [and] September will be tough months,” said Wilson. "There will be a shortage probably."

By the fall, however, he expected there would be a steady supply of marijuana.

MORE: Later date for pot sales may not impact local retailers

"It's exciting, nerve-racking at times--definitely the hardest two months of my life."

Depending on when Satori gets its license, the store could open on Tuesday, July 8, but Wilson expected to be in business by mid-July at the latest.

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