Washington pot shop customers cheer 1st legal sale

BELLINGHAM, WA - JULY 8: Cale Holdsworth, in town from Kansas to visit family, purchases two grams of marijuana strain "OG's Pearl" for $26.50 at Top Shelf Cannabis, a retail marijuana store, on July 8, 2014 in Bellingham, Washington. Top Shelf Cannabis was the first retail marijuana store to open today in Washington state, nearly a year and a half after the state's voters chose to legalize marijuana.  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images) (David Ryder, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/08 4:00 pm

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — They're visiting Washington state for a grandfather's birthday -- but three residents of Kansas didn't want to miss out today, as Washington became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana without a doctor's note.

They were the first three people in line at Top Shelf Cannabis in the college town of Bellingham when it opened its doors this morning. Cale Holdsworth bought two grams of pot for $26.50 -- and said, "This is a great moment."

Washington issued its first 24 retail licenses yesterday, though only about six shops were planning to start selling weed today. Others are set to open later this week or next week, but some said it could be a month or more before they can acquire marijuana to sell.

The new state law allows Washington residents and people from out of state to purchase a limited amount of pot.

One 45-year-old Bellingham man said he hadn't smoked pot in 17 years because he didn't like the hassle of trying to find it on the illegal market. Brian Kost says he just couldn't pass up the chance to buy it legally.


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