Eastern Wash. pot shop owners eye Idaho business
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Eastern Washington legal marijuana entrepreneurs are hoping Idaho residents cross the border to get the drug illegal in their state, and that some border cities lift moratoriums on pot shops.
The Spokesman Review reports Saturday that several of the licenses awarded for pot shops through a lottery are located near the border with the Gem State.
Manpreet Singh's application was approved for a location in Newman Lake. He's eyeing a location less than 2 miles from the border, and so are two other applicants. He says being close to the border could mean an expanded customer base from Idaho.
Other permits awarded are in Clarkston and Newport. But those two cities have placed moratoriums on marijuana businesses.
Kelly Jackson, who got a permit to open a shop in Clarkston, says he hopes to convince city leaders to lift the moratorium on a tourism pitch.