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Long lines, high prices as legal pot shop opens in Spokane

Mike Boyer turns to the crowd waiting outside and shows off 4 grams of pot he bought as the first in line at Spokane Green Leaf on Tuesday.Dan Pelle, photo.

A cross-country road trip landed New Hampshire natives Steve and Tricia Goyette in north Spokane just hours before the city’s first recreational marijuana store let in its first customers Tuesday.

“It’s nice to finally be able to buy it legally,” said Steve Goyette, determined to hold steady in the July heat to take advantage of their coincidental arrival in Spokane just as legal marijuana sales began. “I hope New Hampshire comes around.”

The Goyettes were among the estimated hundreds of customers who lined up outside Spokane Green Leaf, one of 25 retail pot shops to get state licenses this week and the only Spokane-area store to open its doors Tuesday, the first day of legal retail sales. Whether curious, looking for a remedy for a medical problem or looking for a potent legal high, almost everyone in line to buy said they were waiting to be a part of history. Kip Hill, SR

Lots of folks from Spokane cross the state line to take advantage of Idaho's cheaper liquor prices. Do you suppose Spokane will see an influx of Idaho pot-smokers?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.