Washington faces difficulties launching legal pot
Pete ONeil, right, stands in his soon-to-be-open medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle with three of his employees on June 23. O’Neil struck out in Washingtons lottery for coveted pot-shop licenses, and he has unsuccessfully tried to buy companies who did. In frustration, hes turning what would have been his Seattle retail store into a medical marijuana dispensary. Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 5:30 pm
SEATTLE — Pete O’Neil saw Washington’s legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids’ college tuition.
He’s paid tens of thousands of dollars in rent on possible locations for a pot-shop chain, hired lawyers and picked out flooring. But now the nation’s second legal recreational marijuana industry is about to start without him.
Monday, June 30, 2014 5:30 pm.