As some of you may know, the State of Washington, became the 2nd state in our country to legalize Marijuana. On Mon. July 7, 2014 Washington issued the first batch of licenses to retail shops to operate under Liquor Control Commission to sell Legal State taxed green. The first shops opened in Seattle and a few other cities in the northern part of the State, to much fanfare. Lines were long, supply was short, so much so, that not only were store rationing purchases, (legally can buy up to an ounce, but there is not enough supply for that kind of demand.), and prices are double the so called 'black-market' street price, and the Medical Dispensaries'. Not to mention, available strains are limited. A store in Vancouver, WA, Main Street Marijuana, was going to open at 11am on Wednesday July 9. I had been talking to my friend, lets call him the 'Pot Troll', about maybe going up to check it out and film some of it and take some pics and enjoy the scene. To witness some history in the making. So a last minute decision was made. 'We leave at 2am and get in line. Buy what we can afford and they allow, and check it out.'. And so the Adventure began. The rally point was at Master's humble abode. The Pot Troll arrived and we visited for a few with Wizzzmo, talked about the blog and also talked about what we were going to do. So with Wizzzmo's blessing ceremony complete, off we went for the 1hour and 30 min. drive to go do what we had never be able to do before in our lives. Buy some Marijuana legally.
We got up to Vancouver and then took the wrong exit and eventually stopped to get our bearings and figure out how to get there, as we had never been to Vancouver before that day. We arrived at the store front at 3:30am and set up our chairs and the Pot Troll put on his Furry Costume that we was going to wear. No sooner than we got that done and filmed some goofiness of the Pot Troll Dance, we were suddenly swarmed by the Press. You see, we left early cause there was going to be a line, that much we knew for sure. We just didn't know how long and when others were going to show up. And this was big news for neighboring Portland as they were expecting a lot of people from Oregon to drive up, buy some and then illegally bring some back to Oregon. So when we showed up and seen we were the only ones there, and that we were first, we just knew that the press was going to focus on us and that they did. Next thing I know I got two cameras pointed at me and the two reporters we doing their "On-the-scene" reports. They finished their reports, and then approached me and asked for a interview. Now my friend did not want it publicly known what he was up to and avoided the cameras as mush as possible. And seeing as I was the only other person there, I was the one who got the lime light. And so it began. After a 2 min. interview. The went to put together some sound bites, to inject into their 30 min. updates for the morning shows. Then around 6:30am, others began to show up finally. Around 7-7:30am, the next wave of media started to show up. This time it was the Print Press. They wanted photos and quotes from the guy first in line. Some even shot some video for their web-sites. As we got closer to the 11am opening the crowd grew. Every where I looked, I saw nothing but average people from all walks of life, enjoying each others company, chatting away. Patiently waiting for the opening. Then a remarkable thing. A writer from High Times arrived and asked if she could ask me a few questions and take pictures and video of my purchase. "Sure!!", I said. Wow, High Times. Can you believe that. Not sure if they will use it, but if the do, Man-o-Man, that would be cool. They only had 2 strains, Sour Kush, and J's Custom Kush. I bought 4 grams of the Custom Kush. For $110. Ouch!! But hey, it was a legal purchase, and I knew that the cops across the street were not going to do squat about it! Off I went, and I began the trip back to the truck six blocks away. Of course there was all the exit interviews, footage of the purse and questions about how it felt. Must of done over 20 different interviews that day total, most asking the same questions, but a few coming up with other ones. And then the most amazing thing happened. As I was walking down the block past the crowd of over 700+ people, I kept getting asked for pose for their pictures, or for some to take a selfie with me for their facebook and twitter accounts. People were driving by and stopping in the middle of traffic to say. "Hey you were on T.V., your #1." They would take my picture and drive on so the next car could do the same thing. I got free swag, and lots of love and support. That was a high in of it self. The weed was ok. I have had better, but I have had worse also. So, now I am home and thinking back now and realizing, that I was a part of history and am proud that I was. I have linked better of the newscast that are still up on the web. Check them out, I think you will like them. I am the guy in the Tie-Dye. So till Oregon legalizes it, and lets all hope it is soon. Till then, light one for me!!
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