Marijuana

Two more pot stores open in Whatcom County

Two more stores are selling recreational marijuana in Whatcom County.

Owners Scott and Lili Williams had a soft opening for The Local Joint on Monday, Jan. 26. The store is at 5309 Guide Meridian Road Suite A, near Smith Road, and north of Bellingham.

Evergreen Cannabis also opened its doors this month at 922 Peace Portal Drive in Blaine.

They are among the nine businesses to receive a license from the Washington state Liquor Control Board to open a pot store in Whatcom County.

All except one has opened.

Six stores are in Bellingham or the Bellingham area; one is in Maple Falls; and one in Blaine.

Scott Williams of The Local Joint said he decided to get into the recreational pot business for a number of reasons.

“It seemed like a good business opportunity. It’s fun to be part of something new,” he said. “I think bringing everything out in the light is going to make the products so much better and so much more predictable.”

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

Pot stores were the most public piece of the recreational pot roll-out, which included licensing marijuana growers and processors for a new sector in the agriculture industry in Whatcom County.

Williams said The Local Joint carries about 20 varieties of marijuana, and shoppers can choose the one they want based on “how you want to feel.”

The store is selling pot grown in Whatcom County and glassware, such as pipes, made by local glass makers.

It also is selling some concentrates and edibles.

“We’re trying to have a range of products that can satisfy everyone, from someone who’s looking for the least expensive to the most exotic,” Williams said.

The Local Joint has a Facebook page. Its phone number is 360-306-3257.

Reach Evergreen Cannabis at 360-332-8922.

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