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August 6, 2014 at 5:36 PM

First pot edibles, vape pens went on sale Wednesday night

Just past 8 am.., Cale Holdsworth, from Kansas, raises his arms with the first purchase of legal pot at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Wash.

Just past 8 am.., Cale Holdsworth, from Kansas, raises his arms with the first purchase of legal pot at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Wash.

Washington’s first retail pot edibles are available for purchase.

Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, among the state’s first shops to open, was planning to start selling three different kinds of edibles late Wednesday, said shop investor John Evich.

“The public wants their edibles,” he said. “It seems like every third person is hounding us, ‘Where are the edibles?’ ”

Products available will include trail mix, Chex Mix and a carnival nut, which Evich described as a nut cluster with a dash of pepper, rolled in caramel and powdered sugar.

“They’re not as boring as they sound,” he said.

Prices were still being worked out Wednesday afternoon.

Customers can expect to see more edibles on the market in the near future, said Stesha Ries, director of operations for Green Chief, the company delivering to Top Shelf.

Ries’ business got licensed less than two weeks ago. After the 500 bags the company shipped to Bellingham, Green Chief will make shipments Saturday to Top Shelf and to Altitude in Prosser, Benton County, she said.

“We’re going to have a consistent product for our consumers,” Ries said. “We’re going to have a safe product — it’s been tested. And it’s a great product.”

Potency will range from 15 to 20 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient, per serving for now, said Ries.

The state Liquor Control Board released regulations last month restricting how edibles can be made, which include: no products designed to appeal to children, no products that require temperature control to keep safe for human consumption and no dairy products.

Ries said her company will also offer childproof bags to retailers to keep the products safely from kids.

Top Shelf also was to start selling marijuana vapor pens at the same time Wednesday night, another product that soon will become available at pot shops across Washington.

After delivering to Bellingham, Rif — the company that produces the vapor pens — was to take more shipments Wednesday night to Cannabis City in Seattle; 420 Carpenter in Lacey, Thurston County; New Vamsterdam in Vancouver; and Happy Crop Shoppe in Wenatchee.

Carl Schmeisser, vice president of business for Rif, said theirs is the only product on the market designed for smoking pure cannabis oil, as opposed to additives like glycol.

“It’s a whole new way to smoke cannabis,” he said. “It’s a more consistent smoke, it’s a more consistent high.”

Prices will vary by retailer, but customers can expect to pay about $30 for the battery and $75-$80 for the 250-milligram cartridge, said Schmeisser.

In regard to other product, Evich said Top Shelf is expecting 50 pounds of pot in the next week and a half, meaning it should be flush for a while.

Meanwhile, Seattle’s sole pot shop, Cannabis City, only expects 1 pound of pot coming Friday, said owner James Lathrop.

He said the shop has started flying a Washington state flag on the front of the store to let customers know it has product.

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