Hundreds Line Up At Prosser Pot Shop For Opening Day
It's an historic day in Washington as the first recreational marijuana shops open across the state.
One of the 24 retail store to recieve a license and have product in time to open today was Altitude in Prosser.
People started lining up at sunrise and spent several hours in line waiting for Altitude to open, not just to be one of the fist people to legally buy marijuana but also to be apart of this day in history.
Friends James and Jerry got to the store around 6 a.m. to be the first people in line.
Both cancer survivors and medical marijuana users, they wanted to be a part of this day to show their support for marijuana.
There was a line around the building when the doors to Alittude opened around 8:30 a.m.
Everyone's ID was checked three times before any marijuana was purchased.
Once customers walked through the door they were greeted by a cannabis coach, who explained the different strains of marijuana and helped them pick out anything else they might need.
Steve and Jessica Lee were some of the first customers through the door.
He said once he heard the shop was opening there was no doubt in his mind he would be here for the opening.
"This is a historic day not only in increasing people's rights and freedoms but this is un-doing something that has been almost 100 years in the wrong doing," said Lee.
He said the shop as a safe way to get marijuana and believes the community can benefit.
Not everyone agreed with Lee.
A handful of protestors sttod outside of the shop, angry at the fact that Prosser is allowing the pot shops in town.
These people feel the legalization of marijuana sends the wrong message to younger kids.
Right now Altitude has 5 different strains of marijuana.
They range from $20-$30 depending on the strain.
The shop doesn't have any edibles yet but they hope to have some soon.
Even with a limited supply to choose from and restriction to one gram, customers were happy.
Looking at the bigger picture of what today meant.
"This is a very important day for our state and the other 48 that will follow," Lee said. "This is just an amazing day."
Station 420 in Union Gap hopes to open tomorrow at 11 a.m.