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Not Enough Product Could Mean Bad News For New Marijuana Businesses Across The State

Posted: Updated: - The Washington State Liquor Control Board plans to issue 20 retail licenses Monday to pot shops across the state.

What is unclear is the number of shops that will be ready to open by Tuesday.

This is because of the process marijuana goes through before it can hit store shelves, several stores might not have enough pot to sell. 

More than 2,600 people applied to grow marijuana, but the staff at the state's liquor control board have only approved less than 100, and many growers will not be ready to harvest until later this summer.

Amber McGowan is the manager of Cannabis City in Seattle.  She said her store will not have close to enough product for the 5,000 people she expects to show up.

"It’s fairly sparse. We only have 10 pounds, which will sell out the 1st day, no doubt about that,” McGrowan said.

The state requires a 24-hour quarantine before growers can ship the pot to the stores, so the time of day the pot shops get their licenses on Monday will affect when they can place an order with the growers.

Once the marijuana is transported to the store, staff at the store has to inventory the pot and enter it into the state's tracking system.

With the new electronic elements involved, there is always the risk for glitches, which could lead to more of a back up.