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Pot Shops Prefer Sites Near Idaho

Some of the most popular locations for Eastern Washington’s new pot entrepreneurs are close to the Idaho border. Three Spokane County applicants receiving the green light by the Washington Liquor Control Board to finish the licensing process plan to open a store at the same East Trent Avenue location in Newman Lake, just a mile and a half from the border. Manpreet Singh of Hi-Star Corp., who wants to open one of those stores, said he picked the small shopping area in Newman Lake for two reasons. One is he owns a gas station nearby. The other? “It’s close to the border,” Singh said. That could mean an expanded customer base from Idaho, he said. Recreational marijuana isn’t legal in the Gem State, so Idaho customers would be taking a risk carrying it back across the border. They’d have to consume it somewhere in Washington, in private/Jim Camden, SR. More here. (SR photo by Jesse Tinsley: This building near Newman Lake, may be the home of the first legal pot shop in the Spokane area)

Question: How do you think legal pot in Washington will affect North Idaho?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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