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Only one hiccup for pot shop’s opening day

Only one hiccup for pot shop’s opening day

Line outside Top Shelf Cannabis for opening day of recreational marijuana sales in Washington State. Photo: KGMI

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The first pot shop to open in Bellingham and the state,Top Shelf Cannabis, had one hiccup in an otherwise successful opening.

Chase Bank refused to give them change for smaller bills.

Manager Sigrid Williams says when they started to run out of one and five dollar bills, they tried to ask Chase Bank for change.

 

She says they’re hoping to work out an arrangement with a smaller bank in Seattle, soon.

Because recreational marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, some larger federally-insured banks do not want to take money from marijuana growers or sellers.

For now, Washington’s legal pot stores are cash-only businesses.

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