Second pot store in Bellingham to open at 4:20 Thursday afternoon

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 9, 2014 

— BELLINGHAM - After a delay, the second pot store in the city will open the afternoon of Thursday, July 10.

2020 Solutions, 2018 Iron St., will start selling marijuana at a time that's a nod to pot culture.

"We are opening tomorrow at 4:20 p.m. We'll be open 'til midnight. We'll let our customers sleep in," said Aaron Nelson, senior vice president of operations for 2020 Solutions.

2020 originally planned to open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, the first day of legal pot sales in Washington state.

State voters approved Initiative 502 in November 2012, legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington for those 21 years and older.

Pot stores are the next and most public piece of the recreational rollout.

2020's opening was delayed when its suppliers couldn't enter their pot into the state's computerized traceability system.

"Everything has been resolved," Nelson said Wednesday, July 9.

Whatcom County residents Aubree and Troy Lozano own 2020 Solutions, which is near the intersection of James and State streets

Even with the delay, 2020 still will be among the first pot stores to open in Washington state.

The store will sell marijuana from growers in Peshastin and Camas as well as paraphernalia, such as glass pipes.

"We are thankful for everybody being supportive while we were delayed in opening," Nelson said.

2020 Solutions and Top Shelf Cannabis were among the businesses selected by lottery for a chance at the six coveted retail licenses that the Washington state Liquor Control Board allocated for Bellingham.

Top Shelf Cannabis became the first store to sell pot in the state on Tuesday, when it opened about 8 a.m. to a long line of waiting customers at 3863 Hannegan Road in Henifin Plaza.

The store had sold to more than 1,300 customers as of early Wednesday afternoon, according to Zack Henifin, a store manager.

"We've had a lot of foot traffic through here," he said.

It wasn't as busy Wednesday as the first day.

"We don't have all the chaos of opening," Henifin said. "It's still a pretty steady flow, mainly from the Bellingham area to Canada and Seattle."

He said customers also have been asking about edibles infused with pot, which have not yet been produced - at least not legally - in the state but are expected to hit stores soon for sale to consumers.

"We have a section in our store for edibles. We can't wait for edibles," Henifin said.

The two Bellingham stores were among the first 24 in the state to be issued retail licenses.

The liquor board has allowed 334 marijuana retail licenses for the state. Whatcom County was allocated 15 retail licenses -six in Bellingham, one each in Ferndale and Lynden, and seven others countywide.

No other retail applicants in Whatcom County have received licenses so far.

Both Bellingham stores are launching websites.

Find 2020 Solutions at i502solutions.com. Or call 360-920-5771.

Top Shelf is at topshelfcannabisbellingham.com. Or call 360-733-9000.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com .

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