The state of Washington issued 24 licenses to operate retail cannabis shops on Monday. Retail sales officially began in the state as of 8 a.m. on July 8, though most retailers faced shortages of products to sell. The 24 shops are only the start of over 300 shops throughout the state that officials expect to sell retail cannabis. This does not include shops that were already operating under medical cannabis laws.
Washington is officially the second state to allow retail cannabis sales to adults over 21. Colorado passed rules and regulations for retail cannabis sales last year and sales began in the state on January 1 of this year.