By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News
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“It's going to be gone before these people leave,” said Greg Brotherton, who operates Sea Change Cannabis in a tiny log cabin at 282332 U.S. Highway 101, the only pot shop to yet be licensed in either Clallam or Jefferson counties.
Though patrons started a line to buy pot early Friday morning, the shipment of one pound of Bubba Kush grown and delivered by Green Apple of Silverdale did not arrive until shortly before 2 p.m.
Sea Change opened after 2:30 p.m. and expected to be sold out and closed before evening.
The marijuana store opened for the first time last Friday, July 25, and sold out of 2½ pounds of marijuana grown by Peninsula Cannabis of Port Angeles by the end of that day.
Brotherton had hoped to have more for sale this week, but could find only one pound of bud-form marijuana and bags of pre-rolled joints made from trimmings.
Like other pot retailers statewide, Brotherton is facing a shortage of legal marijuana since state Liquor Control Board licensing of growers has lagged and supply can't meet demand.
Green Apple's father-and-son owners Mike and Brian Lavallee showed up to loud applause when they emerged from their delivery truck with the crate of packages.
Brian Lavallee said the Bubba Kush would provide those who could get it with a mild “daytime high.”
Those waiting had been given numbers, as Sea Change's pager system, employed during its opening day rush, did not work Friday.
Brotherton said 57 numbers had been given out by the time the Lavallees delivered this week's crop.
A few of those who began waiting early were able to procure pot, albeit not in a legal fashion.
Amy Rose Dubin, one of the principal investors in Sea Change and owner of the Discovery Bay Village Store next door, said a woman came into her store around 9 a.m. to say another woman was outside selling ounces of illegal marijuana.
Dubin then asked the illegal vendor to leave and the woman got on a Jefferson Transit bus and left, but not before she sold a few ounces of marijuana, Dubin said.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at email@example.com.