Bellingham's second retail pot store

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.

About 30 people wait in line for Bellingham's second retail marijuana store, 2020 Solutions on 2018 Iron St., to open on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. July 8 marked the first day Washington store could sell marijuana for recreational use. 2020 Solutions  had to delay their opening due a problem with the state-licensed processors.

About 30 people wait in line for Bellingham's second retail marijuana store, 2020 Solutions on 2018 Iron St., to open on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. July 8 marked the first day Washington store could sell marijuana for recreational use. 2020 Solutions  had to delay their opening due a problem with the state-licensed processors.

People file into 2020 Solutions on 2018 Iron St.  on Thursday, July 10, 2014, on  2018 Iron St. in Bellingham. 

People file into 2020 Solutions on 2018 Iron St.  on Thursday, July 10, 2014, on  2018 Iron St. in Bellingham. 

Bellingham resident Patrick Kalles (right), 45, is the first costumer to enter 2020 Solutions on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. Unlike Top Shelf Cannabis' opening on July 8, people didn't arrive extra early to be the first costumer. Kalles claimed the first spot by arriving less than hour before opening.  

Bellingham resident Patrick Kalles (right), 45, is the first costumer to enter 2020 Solutions on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. Unlike Top Shelf Cannabis' opening on July 8, people didn't arrive extra early to be the first costumer. Kalles claimed the first spot by arriving less than hour before opening.

 

As costumers approach the counter, they see a display case below the glass advertising pipes, marijuana and lighters on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. 

As costumers approach the counter, they see a display case below the glass advertising pipes, marijuana and lighters on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. 

2020 Solution's first costumer Patrick Kalles, of Bellingham, points to the menu of cannabis strains and prices, on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Bellingham. He settled on Blewetts,  the least expensive option, which comes with three filtered pre-rolled cannabis for $42.

2020 Solution's first costumer Patrick Kalles, of Bellingham, points to the menu of cannabis strains and prices, on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Bellingham. He settled on Blewetts,  the least expensive option, which comes with three filtered pre-rolled cannabis for $42.

2020 Solutions sells four strains of marijuana – Cinex, New Kush, Godzilla and Blewetts, which is filtered pre-rolled cannabis, on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham.

2020 Solutions sells four strains of marijuana – Cinex, New Kush, Godzilla and Blewetts, which is filtered pre-rolled cannabis, on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham.

2020 Solutions offers two options: $42 for a pack of three filtered, pre-rolled cannabis, or 3.5 grams of Cinex, New Kush, Godzilla for $95 on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. Cinex and Godzilla are mixed sativa and indica and New Kush is an indica strain. 

2020 Solutions offers two options: $42 for a pack of three filtered, pre-rolled cannabis, or 3.5 grams of Cinex, New Kush, Godzilla for $95 on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. Cinex and Godzilla are mixed sativa and indica and New Kush is an indica strain. 

Bellingham resident Patrick Lenihan, 50, samples different strains 2020 Solutions on 2018 Iron St. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. Lenihan said he waned wanted to be a part of this historic occasion. He hadn't purchased marijuana in more than 30 years, but decided to try some with an elder relative, he said.

Bellingham resident Patrick Lenihan, 50, samples different strains 2020 Solutions on 2018 Iron St. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. Lenihan said he waned wanted to be a part of this historic occasion. He hadn't purchased marijuana in more than 30 years, but decided to try some with an elder relative, he said.

Employee Jorge Molina suggests Blewetts, to two costumers at 2020 Solutions on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. 

Employee Jorge Molina suggests Blewetts, to two costumers at 2020 Solutions on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. 

2020 Solutions also sell pipes, bongs and other marijuana paraphernalia on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. 

2020 Solutions also sell pipes, bongs and other marijuana paraphernalia on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Bellingham. 

Employees and costumers filter through 2020 Solutions during the first hour of business at Bellingham's second retail cannabis store, on Thursday, July 10, 2014. 

Employees and costumers filter through 2020 Solutions during the first hour of business at Bellingham's second retail cannabis store, on Thursday, July 10, 2014.