July 8, 2014 8:45 pm
Updated: July 8, 2014 8:53 pm

Washington State licensed pot shops open their doors


WATCH: Washington state has a new product on store shelves—marijuana. As Jill Bennett reports, the drug is now legally for sale just over the Canadian border.

Washington State opened up its first ever licensed recreational marijuana shops on Tuesday morning, after long lineups were already forming overnight.

This marks a major step that has been more than a year in the making.

Washington State and Colorado legalized pot for adults over the age of 21 back in November of 2012.

On Monday, business owners spent much of the day getting ready for the expected rush of residents and tourists.

Prices are expected to reach $25 a gram or higher today.

Because of high demand and limited supply, if the store runs out of inventory, they will have to close their doors and restock.

Some owners are considering lowering the limits to avoid running out.

LOOK INSIDE: Bellingham, Washington’s first legal pot shop

Legally, an ounce of marijuana can be purchased per transaction.

So far, 24 pot shop licenses have been issued.

Canadians crossing the American border still need to be aware that if they admit they are planning to buy pot to a border guard, they will likely be turned away for life.

READ MORE: Canadians buying pot in Washington State: What you need to know

The first customer in one store in Bellingham






























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