Since Initiative 502, which decriminalizes recreational marijuana, was voted into law in November 2012, industry insiders have witnessed many changes to both the quality and quantity of marijuana.
John Sanders has been a budtender since the day Sea Change Cannabis in Discovery Bay opened for business in 2014. The pot shop was the first on the North Olympic Peninsula to open after winning a state lottery.
Sanders recalled a massive shortage of products in the beginning.
“The supply was really low, really minimal,” he said. “What was available from the time we opened to the time we are now – the variety of products is incredible. It is by far better.”
Sanders said that is because standards have increased and new products such as edibles, topicals, tinctures and vapable marijuana have become more prevalent.
But that change has come at a price. Many of the cottage-industry marijuana producers who were around at the beginning have
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