Seattle’s First Recreational Pot Store To Open Tuesday

If you’re going to open Seattle’s first recreational pot store, you should probably do it “midday.” It’s called knowing your customers.

On Tuesday, James Lathrop will do just that - opening the doors on his Cannabis City in SoDo. And as Seattle’s first lawful recreational pot store under I-502, it’s no surprise that the event will be laden with pomp, THC and circumstance. According to a press release distributed this morning, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes - a high-profile I-502 sponsor - and the ACLU’s Alison Holcomb - the initiative’s architect - will both be on hand. There’s also a press conference scheduled for 11;30 a.m. No doubt, every news outlet in town will show up to capture the moment.

Here’s the official press release, so you can plan your Tuesday accordingly:

July 3, 2014 Media Advisory

Seattle’s First Legal Marijuana Shop To Open Its Doors July 8

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes and I-502 Architect Alison Holcomb To Attend

SEATTLE - Seattle’s first retail marijuana store to be legal under Washington’s Initiative 502 is set to open midday next Tuesday. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, an I-502 sponsor, and Alison Holcomb, the primary drafter of the initiative and director of the I-502 campaign, will attend the grand opening of Cannabis City, located at 2733 Fourth Avenue South in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. James Lathrop, owner of Cannabis City, will host a press conference at 11:30 a.m.

“It’s an honor to lead the way,” said Mr. Lathrop. “This has been a challenging process, but I’m excited to be at the forefront of launching a new, legal marijuana market.”

Mr. Lathrop expects to receive his state retail license on his birthday, July 7. Once he receives the license, he will be able to complete his first order of marijuana from a licensed processor. Agency regulations require a 24-hour quarantine of the marijuana before it can be transported to the retailer for final sale.

More information about Cannabis City is available at

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