Before Damien Tillman walked into Cannabis City to buy marijuana, he ripped off some of the police tape that hung from the door’s frame and asked a fellow pot buyer for a marker.
“A piece of history right here, brother,” he said. “So excited.” Tillman later asked Cannabis City owner James Lathrop to sign the ceremonial caution tape that the store had put up as a representation of prohibition past.
Tillman paid another prospective pot buyer, Michael Merithew, $200 for his place in line. That made him fifth or so, after the VIPs Cannabis City would let in first. Then he waited about three hours in the heat to get his hands on legal recreational pot.
“It has something to do with what I love most in this world,” he later explained. “It’s the thing I have the most passion for.”
Once in the store, Tillman surveyed the counter. “I just want one of each strain you have to offer and double of the highest THC.”
At $40 for two grams, Tillman’s purchase of four strains of pot (and an extra Copper Kush) cost $200 — $400 if you include the line fee. But he’s only going to smoke only his extra package of Copper Kush. Tillman plans to keep the rest as a memento.
As he exited Cannabis City, he bumped into Merithew, who had sold him his place in line. “We’ve got to keep in touch,” said an excited Merithew. “We’ve got to smoke together sometime.”
About an hour later in his Tacoma home, Tillman loaded his bong with Copper Kush.
“I think we should be videotaping this,” he told his roommates before he fired up his bong.
How was the pot?
A medical-marijuana grower himself, Tillman gave a neutral report. “I’ve grown better weed than that; I’ve grown worse weed than that,” he said.
“It definitely hits you pretty good,” he said, but noted what he said was bud rot on some Copper Kush flowers. “You’d expect a little bit better bag appeal,” he said. “That does smell good, though.”
After a couple bong hits, Tillman smoked a blunt and sat back on his couch.
His roommates told him they’d recorded Al Jazeera America, which had featured Tillman in a live interview earlier in the day at the store.
“Can we watch it?” he asked. He wasn’t entirely impressed with his TV appearance.
“I look old,” said the 36-year-old.
His plans for the rest of the day? “Watch a little TV, play a few video games, just hang out.”
For Tillman and many other pot users, it was a perfectly legal day.