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Washington Marijuana Store Closes To Protest Price Gouging By Growers

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washington state medical marijuana raidsLegal marijuana sales started in Washington on July 7th. Supply shortages resulted in high prices and long lines. A marijuana store in Vancouver, Main Street Marijuana, closed temporarily this week. The closure is not due to supply shortages, which has temporarily closed at least one other marijuana store in Washington. Main Street Marijuana temporarily closed it’s doors due to poor product quality and price gouging by licensed marijuana growers in Washington. Per The Columbian:

When the Main Street Marijuana manager saw what came in a shipment of material from a new grower this week, he decided to close until he can secure more variety, lower prices and better quality stock, he said.

“I’m not going to let these guys hold us hostage anymore,” Hamide said of a handful of growers that he says have been selling bad product for high prices. “It’s hurting the entire system, and it needs to stop. By continuing to play ball with these guys, it’s just making things worse.”

The store will likely remain closed through the weekend and could stay that way well into next week, Hamide said.

This scenario highlights a problem with the marijuana industry that I have been pointing out for months now. Just because someone is qualified to get a marijuana growers license does not mean that they are a capable marijuana grower. In states that require huge sums of money to obtain, or even apply for, a marijuana growers license I’d imagine this problem will come up again. Application processes need to do a better job of selecting someone who is good at what they do, not just someone that is rich enough to afford the process, or lucky enough to win a lottery.

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52 Comments

  1. Uhmmm….. I don’t think he was actually communicating with you…. you just stepped into it.

  2. Fuck you asshole. That’s messed up saying that to a guy just looking for some help you little prick .

  3. pretty relevant to your education there. Can you even remember your name? Here I am with my esspresso and coffee, reading TWB, about to go work, and two-name polanski here can “see” how angry I am. By that logic, I can “see” that he is problably a native-born San Franciscan, and his already sore butt is even more hurt that Ive called out one(just one) of the shittier things that goes on in his(her?,Both?) precious city. Thanx for the chuckle, a-wipe!

  4. really? so everyone being allowed 6 plants is “controlled by a few huge commercial grows”? You and raykowski up there really should hang out.

  5. I see you are very angry, maybe you should smoke better weed or something , besides my lack of grammar or grades are irrelevant to how smart or educated I am.

  6. Of course the banks won’t do business with the dispensaries, they are all working with the government , don’t you see what’s going on here?This war is far from over, like morpheus said in the matrix, “it’s about control”.

  7. sorry incomplete sentence in there. i was tryin to say that everyone who has been kind enough to give when they see my sign which is asking to BUY(not recieve a handout) has had WAY better bud, like WAY better than what these dispensaries usually sell me. THANK YOU SF TOKERS!! I have recently found a good place(cant name names, sorry) but it seems that this place is the exception, not the rule; their quality is in their hashes, not flower. They dont seem like they play”bait and switch” like alot of places. They were closed for awhile during the federal crackdown a couple years ago. Funny how that thing shut down the good places, but didn’t affect the “rip off” places.

  8. you didnt earn very good grades 1st grade when they were tryin to teach you to read, did you? If you had any comprehension skills, you would have read that I HAVE stopped buying from them; the point about being homeless is some of the budtenders discriminate against US(yes there’s thousands of us in this city) You seem so b-fukken stupid that youd probably buy their bammer and never realize theres a problem. Not going to elaborate, but HOW do you think I even know what real quality even is, eh dipshit?(love to see ya makin that “get a home” comment in the Tenderloin)

    Thank you Weed Blog for shining a little light on this issue.

    oh and raski DON’T try to sell anything to the Trek rider. I can see by the intellect of your comment that you haven’t a CLUE what real quality is. Every regular person whos been kind enough to give(yes, give not everyone’s a greedy fuck),not sell even though Im willing to pay for my medicine and have never asked for compassion. The tone of your comment tells me you’re probly either one of these shitty ass budtenders or shitty ass growers. Either way GET A JOB YOU’RE GOOD AT(hear they’re looking for you’re type on Polk street) and STOP RIPPING OFF PATIENTS

  9. If antiquated medical dispensary’s are Colorado’s “Model for the future ” then legal cannabis’ future looks bleak. Colorado has yet to find one bank for it’s cannabis business’. Looks like they might have to borrow one of Washington’s.. Turning old medical dispensary’s into retail stores still looks like they’re trying to put lipstick on a pig, Having seen them in person recently, if Colorado’s tourists like a strip club vibe , then ok. Seattle’s.big Cruise ships and tourists heading up to Alaska, the San Juans or Hawai’i might want a shopping experience nicer than what I found in Denver. And medical dispensary’s are all Colorado has to offer. Washington’s had these since 1998.

  10. If anyone could use some serious natural medicine, it’s me. Could you send some medicine to my brooklyn apartment?

  11. Not m. I’d rather wait. I’ve been to Denver’s medical dispensary’s. It’s like putting lipstick on a pig.. Granted the clientl

  12. I just would like Washington to be as smooth as colorado. I was there for a month and it was a pleasure checking out all the different dispensaries with all the varieties of strains. It’s was a Stoner’s dream.

  13. People compare Washington and Colorado like it’s a race. And I believe it was for Colorado. This given it’s highly erratic political nature (for example, an anti-cannabis Tea-Party Republican looks like he’s going to upset Colorado’s Democrat Senator Mark Udall this Nov. Yikes!) Washington also decided to hold up the larger grows so the “mom & pop growers could get a leg up. That’s fair I believe, but the big money growers didn’t like it and they cut back on their growing area. Fine with me. Colorado’s grows are controlled by just a few huge commercial operations. Washington has taken a different approach. Washington’s plan has been to encourage much smaller craft growers. If this takes more time so be it. The bud will be far better (always has been actually) and in a month at most this will all be a vague memory. Colorado rushed. Washington Didn’t need to. Eventually Washington will have a superior system. The best things take time.

  14. That largely depends upon how reputable the seed supplier happens to be. Why grow it in my Seattle Condo when I can walk just downstairs and buy grams for $5-7 of great cannabis?. If you want this weeks latest and greatest it’s $ 9- $12 a gram.Grows = bugs, heat, odor, waste, water, power, greedy neighbors etc. Plus, you’re always just one thrip attack away from a disaster. No growing isn’t for everyone. There’s a lot to be said for urban convenience

  15. Washington’s (Seattle’s) medical dispensary’s are everywhere and remain un-regulated. The retail stores are for the cruise ship tourists and others from out of state. I can tell from many of these comments, that they are from people who have never visited Washington, or Seattle.

  16. The majority, John Q. Public newbies grow shit weed, if any at all. This after they’ve burned thru the beaucoup $$$ they thought they would be saving.

  17. My Seattle dispensary has excellent cannabis flowers , concentrates, and edibles. All for sale at fair prices. Sounds as if you need to try another dispensary or, another state.

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