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July 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Two more pot shops opened today

Two more retail marijuana stores opened today, bringing the state’s total to nine. New Vansterdam in Vancouver, Washington opened its doors at 8 a.m., said Brian Budz, the store’s owner.

Budz said his 6,000-square-foot store has a “farm-to-market” feel. Although supply shortages have forced some stores such as Seattle’s Cannabis City to restrict hours or even close shop, Budz said he didn’t foresee problems for his store.

“We chose not do the big publicity strategy,” he said. “We do want customers, but we didn’t want 2,000 people to line up outside our store.

Another store, in Lacey, opened for business as well, according to Randy Simmons, the state’s marijuana project director.

Bellingham’s 2020 Solutions opened Thursday. An initial Vancouver store opened Wednesday.

The state’s first five stores opened Tuesday.

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