When legal recreational cannabis sales began yesterday in Washington State, an interesting thing took place; Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes was fourth in line – meaning he waited hours – to purchase cannabis at the city’s first outlet, Cannabis City. Holmes purchased two grams of a strain called OG Pearl, and told reporters that it was for “posterity”, as well as “personal enjoyment”.
“The most important takeaway here is that today marijuana sales became legal, and I’m here to personally exercise myself this new freedom,” Holmes said on Tuesday in front of a crowd of people. “I bought two two-gram bags of OG Pearl, which was recommended. I’m keeping one bag for posterity and one for personal enjoyment at some point when it’s appropriate.”
In Washington State, those 21 and older can purchase up to an ounce of cannabis, up to 16 ounces of cannabis-infused solids and up to 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquids, at state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. Sales were allowed to begin yesterday morning, with six outlets open across the state. In total 334 outlets have been approved.
Pete Holmes was elected to Seattle City Attorney in November, 2009, and was an outspoken supporter of Initiative 502 which legalized cannabis in the state.