First retail marijuana store in Bellingham, Wash. opens


Bellingham Herald

BELLINGHAM — Hundreds of customers were on hand - along with TV stations and a food truck - as Top Shelf Cannabis opened Tuesday, July 8, the first store in Bellingham to legally sell recreational marijuana.

Employees opened the doors at Top Shelf, 3863 Hannegan Road in Henifin Plaza, a little after 8 a.m. Cale Holdsworth, 29, of Abilene, Kansas was first in line. He and his girlfriend were in town for a grandfather's 84th birthday and family reunion.

"We expected larger crowds. We thought there would be campers and revelers," said Holdsworth, who said he is an advocate of legalization and the responsible use of marijuana. "It's a momentous occasion."

His girlfriend, 24-year-old Sarah Gorton, also of Abilene, was happy to be among the first in line.

"This is completely new to me," she said. "I've never been in a shop where I can buy my favorite thing."

The couple bought two grams of a strain called OG's Pearl, which retails for $19.82 ($26.50 with taxes included) for a two-gram package. They planned to try out their purchase at home and said they know it's illegal to carry it across state lines.

Read more here

Read more National Business stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category