Washington pot shop customers cheer 1st legal sale

BELLINGHAM, WA - JULY 8: Cale Holdsworth, in town from Kansas to visit family, purchases two grams of marijuana strain "OG's Pearl" for $26.50 at Top Shelf Cannabis, a retail marijuana store, on July 8, 2014 in Bellingham, Washington. Top Shelf Cannabis was the first retail marijuana store to open today in Washington state, nearly a year and a half after the state's voters chose to legalize marijuana.  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images) (David Ryder, 2014 Getty Images)
First Retail Marijuana Stores Open In Washington State (David Ryder, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/08 3:35 pm

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The legal sale of recreational marijuana has begun in Washington state.

The first purchase at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham was two grams of pot for $26.50.

Before the store opened at 8 a.m., several dozen people were lined up outside.

In Seattle, hundreds of people waited outside the city's first pot shop, Cannabis City, which opened at noon.

As he cut a ribbon for the official opening, store owner James Lathrop said it was time to "free the weed."

Washington is the second state after Colorado to allow people to buy marijuana legally without a doctor's note.

An Associated Press survey of the 24 licensees showed only about six planned to open Tuesday. Others said it could be a month or more before they could acquire marijuana to sell.


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