The new retail pot industry is highly regulated. So, to streamline the purchasing process and to help customers, some stores have some pretty elaborate systems in place.
PROSSER, WA – The new retail pot industry is highly regulated. So, to streamline the purchasing process and to help customers, some stores have some pretty elaborate systems in place.
ID cards are a must. Customers are checked multiple times in and out of the store. NBC Right Now followed one man along on his purchase that he actually helped produce.
Staff checked his identification, but at Altitude in Prosser they already knew Randy Williams. He was a first time customer, but he had already done business with the shop.
"One of my priorities is to keep the product here locally," explained Williams. As owner of Fireweed Farms, a local growing operation, he supplies the Prosser store with some of the product on shelves. After making it through the waiting room and lounge, he smelled out different strains of plants in the sample room with his “Cannabis Coach”.
Williams became a medical marijuana patient after contracting a disease. "Marijuana gave me the energy to eat and the will to eat so I was able to do my treatments for a longer period and actually get cured of the virus, so it saved my life."
After he picked out his favorite pot strain, Williams headed to the next room over where the actual product is stored behind secure counters and finally taken out to be purchased.
One last check of his receipt and purchased items on the way out was the final security measure. Williams said he is glad the system in place allows for small and local businesses like his own. Other customers we spoke with agreed.
"Our system is really set up so there's no big Anheuser Busch of weed. It's really mom and pops that are going to keep this industry moving and I really applaud Washington State for making their regulations so friendly to small business," said Steve Lee as he waited in line.
As of 2:25 p.m. on Tuesday Altitude reached their 300 transaction mark and closed their doors for the day. With 300 grams of marijuana sold at $30 a gram they took in about $9,000 in their first day. They say they still have plenty of product to last them this first busy week.