IT'S BEEN LESS THAN A MONTH SINCE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
STORES OPENED IN WASHIGNTON AND SO FAR PRODUCERS,
PROCESSORS AND MARIJUANA RETAILS HAVE GENERATED MORE
THAN TWO POINT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH WHO IS
BUYING AND FROM WHERE.
NADINE IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE ONLY OPEN STORE IN
THE SPOKANE AREA WE KNOW THAT ANECDOTALLY THE MAJORITY
OF BUYERS ARE LOCAL.
BUT STORE EMPLOYESS SAY THEY SEE CUSTOMERS FROM CANADA
ALL THE TIME AND EVEN SOME VACATIONERS FROM EUROPE.
NATS- RETAILS STORE
SPOKANE GREEN LEAF OPENED ITS DOORS ON JULY 8TH.
HUNDREDS WAITED IN LINE FOR THE FIRST TASTE OF RECREATIONAL
MARIJUANA IN SPOKANE.
AND NOW, 28 DAYS LATER.
Business has been fantastic, it's been awesome,
SUPPLY HAS BEEN SPOTTY BUT STORE HOURS ARE STARTING
TO GET CONSISTENT.
In general we always have plenty of stock, it might
not be the size you want to buy,
AND SO ARE THE CUSTOMERS.GREEN LEAF OWNERS SAY ABOUT
20 PERCENT OF CUSTOMERS COME FROM OUT OF THE AREA.
THIS INCLUDES VISITORS FROM IDAHO, MONTANA AND OTHER
PLACES ACROSS WASHINGTON.
MANY ON VACATION AND CALLING AHEAD TO MAKE SURE THE
STORE IS OPEN.
A lot of Canadians, which has been really awesome,
nice to have the international crowd.
Had a couple of Swiss passports come in one Sunday
which was really awesome,
THE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD SAYS RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
LICENSE HOLDERS IN 21 DAYS, GENERATED MORE THAN 2,4
MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.
TRANSLATING TO JUST OVER 614 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN EXCISE
KEEP IN MIND THE STATE HAS ONLY ISSUED 34 RETAIL LICENSES,
111 PROCESSOR LICENSES AND 136 PRODUCER LICENSES.
THOUSANDS MORE ARE PENDING.
GREEN LEAF SAYS IT SEES ABOUT 700 CUSTOMERS ON FRIDAY
AND SATURDAYS AND AROUND 300 TO 400 WEEKDAYS.
A LOT OF CUSTOMERS REDISCOVERING MARIJUANA AFTER A
40 YEAR HIATUS.
They even found like old papers that were labeled,
still had the 72 copyright on them, they had to buy
new papers from us cause those werent' going to work
THE TWO OTHER LICENSED STORES IN SPOKANE SAY THEY
HOPE TO OPEN SOON.
ONE OF THE MAJOR HURDLES THERE IS SUPPLY ONCE AGAIN.
IN THE STUDIO I'M AARON LUNA.