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First legal marijuana stores open for business in Washington

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A sign announces Main Street Marijuana's opening A sign announces Main Street Marijuana's opening
A worker at Main Street Marijuana gets the store ready for opening A worker at Main Street Marijuana gets the store ready for opening
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

The first legal marijuana stores open their doors in Washington Tuesday. Twenty-five stores statewide have received licenses to sell, but only a handful will be open for business right away, with others planning openings later in the week.

Vancouver's first store, Main Street Marijuana, opens Wednesday morning at 11. It plans to limit how much each customer can buy, since it's expecting to sell out right away.

State growers didn't get their licenses until March, which simply didn't give them enough time to grow enough marijuana to meet the demand.

The store's owner, Chris Stipe, said customers can expect high prices right off the bat, though that should change as production picks up.

"Once the producers catch up, the prices will drop dramatically," Stipe said. "At first, it could be about $20 to $25 a gram."

A second Vancouver store plans to open on Mill Plain on Friday.

There will only be one shop open in Seattle Tuesday. The owner of Cannabis City arranged for a food truck to be nearby and plans to provide free water for people waiting in line.

Managers said many of those people will likely go home disappointed. They expect as many as 10,000 people, but the store only has about 10 pounds of marijuana, which it says is only enough for about 2,000 people.

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