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Cannabis City - Seattle's First Pot Shop

Established July 7th, 2014

 
 
Cannabis City - Seattle's First Pot Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 31, 2018
1. Cannabis City - Seattle's First Pot Shop Marker
Inscription.  
A historic day in Seattle

Just after 1pm on July 07, 2014, Deb Green, a 65-year-old marathon running grandmother from Ballard brought her camp chair, a hat, and a book as she planted herself down to become the first person in line to legally purchase marijuana in Seattle since 1937. Doors opened at 'high noon' the next day (July 08, 2014) because of a mandated 24-hour quarantine period for all marijuana deliveries (supplied by Nine Point Growth Industries). Due to the initially heavy taxation, prices were $20 per gram, and limited legal product availability led to restricting patrons to purchasing only a single gram at a time. Despite those issues, however, thousands of people attended this Seattle historic event, and in just over two days Cannabis City sold 11 pounds of dried marijuana in single-gram packages.

Looking closely at the photograph above, you can see novelty police tape across the door as Dr. James Russ Lathrop, (Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner) welcomes the world's media with the announcement, "On this day, July 8, 2014, I declare this war over!! (cheers from the crowd)... And I think,

Cannabis City - Seattle's First Pot Shop Marker: Inset Photo (click on photo to enlarge) image. Click for full size.
By Stuart Isett, July 8, 2014
2. Cannabis City - Seattle's First Pot Shop Marker: Inset Photo (click on photo to enlarge)
Left to Right: Jeremy Cooper, Deb Green, Alison Holcombe, Esq., City Attorney Peter Holmes, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and James Lathrop, DNP ARNP. Front: World Media Photo: Stuart Isett
I think, it's time to free the weed!" Together, Dr. Lathrop and Allison Holcomb, a lawyer for the ACLU and the lead architect of the people's initiative, used giant scissors to cut across the police tape. The original marijuana purchase by Deb Green, the giant scissors, some of the police tape, the lottery award letter to Cannabis City, and other artifacts from that historic day are in the possession of the MOHAI museum of Seattle.

Historical Plaque
August, 2016

 
Erected 2016.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 47° 34.727′ N, 122° 19.756′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is on 4th Ave S south of South Lander Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2733 4th Ave S, Seattle WA 98134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seattle Chinatown Gate (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Goldsmith Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); How Did Water Become Land? (approx. 1.4 miles away); King Street Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Chinese American Soldiers Memorial
Cannabis City- Seattle's First Pot Shop Marker: Wide and Very Green View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 31, 2018
3. Cannabis City- Seattle's First Pot Shop Marker: Wide and Very Green View
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Union Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kings St. Coal Wharf - Skinner & Eddy Shipyards - Site of Hooverville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Smith and Squire Buildings (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .  Lighting up: First weed shop opens in Washington state (YouTube, CBS This Morning, 7/8/14, 2.5 min.). Almost two years after Washington voters approved a referendum to allow recreational marijuana, the state is rolling out the new law Tuesday. Adriana Diaz reports on the opening from Seattle. (Submitted on April 19, 2018.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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