Bellingham’s second retail marijuana store opened at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, July 10. The business 2020 Solutions on 2018 Iron St. now offers four strains – Cinex, New Kush Godzilla and Blewetts and two purchasing options: Blewetts, which come as three filtered, pre-rolled cannabis joints for $42, or three and a half grams in a sealed bag for $95. All prices include tax.
2020 Solution will start selling smaller quantities in grams by Sunday, said Aaron Nelson, vice president of operations at 2020 Solutions. They will be getting more marijuana strains from three more suppliers on Sunday, he said.
Initiative 502 approved the legalization of recreational marijuana for those 21 years and older in November 2012. July 8 marked the first day marijuana could be sold in Washington State. Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis was one of only a handful of stores, which opened on Tuesday. The liquor control board has given out 25 retail marijuana licenses and are expected to give out more. 2020 Solutions had complications with their supplier, which delayed their opening by two days.
Bellingham resident Patrick Kalles, 45, was the first to line up with less than an hour before Solutions opened. He had been a medical patient but couldn’t afford to renew his license.
Seven to 10 years ago he hurt his neck and back in a fishing accident while out on the water in Alaska, Kalles said. He said he had three displaced vertebrae, which now cause him back pain, limited mobility in his neck and makes sleeping difficult. Medical marijuana helps him sleep and increases his small appetite, which is due to Adderall prescription, he said.
A line slowly formed to about 30 people on the sidewalk along Iron Street when 2020 Solutions opened. Upon entering, customers had to show their driver licenses to prove they were 21 years old. Once they got in, a salesperson helped them pick a strain of cannabis.
Cinex is a sativa dominant mix yielding 18.6 percent THC; New Kush is a indica dominant mix yielding 17.3 percent THC; Godzilla is another sativa dominate mix yielding 17.5 percent THC. Blewetts is a sativa dominant mix yielding 10.8 percent THC. Sativas are usually described to produce an energetic “head high” where as indica are usually described to give a sleepy “body high.”
Kalles settled on the least expensive option, the Blewetts.
He said the prices were expensive, but after he got home and smoked some he was satisfied with the quality and compared it to premium marijuana he got at dispensaries.
Nelson foresees the price of cannabis drop in the next few months, as 70 more suppliers will have crops ready to harvest, he said.
2020 Solutions is open from 8 a.m. to midnight every day, including on weekends.