Pot money changing hearts in Washington

Pot money changing hearts in Washington

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History of marijuana in America 41 photos In the first year, $70 million in tax revenue has been generated statewide from marijuana sales. The Washington State Liquor Control Board , which oversees the state’s cannabis industry, reports that dispensaries sold more than $257 million worth of marijuana. Chip Boyden, who owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Tucson, Arizona, jumped at the thought of expanding his marijuana business with family in Washington after the first dispensaries started to open in July 2014. Washington voters passed a law in 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. When Boyden first opened his shop in Tucson, he said the attitude from the surrounding community was less than supportive, although the state permits medical marijuana usage. “We had people come up and say they aren’t against it, but they were unsure who was going to be the demographic for our business,” he said. But in Seattle, Boyden said he noticed a difference in attitude at Hashtag recreational cannabis , a pot shop that Boyden started in April with co-owner Logan Bowers and shop manager Michael Bowers. “We had great support. We didn’t have anyone come in a get upset,” Logan Bowers said. Boyden said there’s a cultural shift happening in Washington, Colorado and other states that have started to legalize marijuana use. “The recreational market allows people, those who were interested in trying cannabis, to be able to come in and sample different flavors,” he explained. “It’s more like going into the store and buying a bottle of wine.” Washington allows individuals over the age of 21 to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis , or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused solid products and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid products for personal use. However, using marijuana in public in Washington is […]

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