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Will recreational marijuana supply meet public's demand?

Will recreational marijuana supply meet public's demand?

Recreational marijuana is being grown right now and will hit retail store across Washington in early July but will there be enough to go around?

"This strain is called Train Wreck, it's being harvested today," said Scott O'Neil with Pacific Northwest Medical, as he trimmed a 12" long 1/4 lb. marijuana bud.

Right now O'Neil works in the medical marijuana field but in two weeks he'll be on his own.

"And we'll be selling recreational marijuana," O'Neil added.

He hopes his new store will be the first recreational marijuana store to open in Washington; O'Neil Industries, an authorized retailer of Kouchlock.

"We've secured product from a couple of vendors, definitely working on getting more. The product we have right now is probably going to last a couple days," said O'Neil.

O'Neil said some producers are already sold out for the next year and that's weeks before retail stores even open.

That supply will depend on how many growers can get up to speed in the next couple of months. In hopes of building clientele early O'Neil says he's going for as much variety as he can get his hands on.

Marijuana retailers getting ready for opening day

Marijuana retailers getting ready for opening day

In a little over three weeks Washington will open its first recreational marijuana stores, with only a handful of retailers to receive licenses in July.

For Scott DeKay, it's going to be a family business.

"We got our display case here. We're going to have our pipes and then sealed samples of marijuana for customers to look at," said Scott DeKay, owner of Savage THC in Clayton.

He's filed the last bit of paperwork required to obtain a recreational marijuana retail license.

"They're trying to get 20 open by the first of July and I'm still hoping to be one of those 20," said DeKay.

Dekay says getting into the first group of retailers to open will be important to start paying off the cost of setting up shop.

"They'll stand here, like I said out front, they'll have the little tray right here. Put the product in, push it out," said DeKay as he demonstrated how the transaction will be handled behind bullet proof glass.

Now that the final paperwork is done, arguably the hardest part, second only to finding a retail space, Dekay only needs to pass an inspection, pay his license fee and secure product for opening day.

Food trucks get passing grades from county inspectors

Food trucks get passing grades from county inspectors

A new report by the Institute for Justice shows food trucks in Seattle are just as safe to eat at compared to a restaurant, and as it turns out the food trucks in Spokane are pretty clean as well.

Friday morning inside the Jamaican Jerk Pan food truck, owner Roian Doctor is preparing to open for the day.

"I keep it right back to my grandfather, you know like keep it real keep it authentic, never forget the culture," he said.

Doctor knows he has to run a tight ship to pass inspections by Spokane County.

"You have your sanitizing water, you have your hand wash, you have all of that good stuff and you keep your food at the right temperature and you won't be having a problem," Docttor said.

On Friday food inspector Lisa Breen checked over his trailer. Across the county she says foot trucks are doing a good job staying clean and sanitary. Of the 32 current food trucks in Spokane 13 have no violations while the rest had minor issues for things like hand washing and not property using wash rags.

Cleaning up the Spokane River, one beer at a time

Cleaning up the Spokane River, one beer at a time

A walk along the Spokane River you see the beauty it brings, but it's also not hard to find trash along its banks too. Spokane Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich hopes to change that.

With beer.

"The river is what and why we are here, it's what the city founded upon and it maintains and remains the most important thing we have in this community," Mihailovich said.

Anyone who has walked along its banks through Riverfront Park or driven across the Monroe Street Bridge have been witness to its power and beauty. But there are a lot of issues just below the surface and, in many cases, at the river's edge.

"We have a lot of issues with the Spokane River, there's legacy pollution, current ongoing pollution, there's land use issues that impact water quality," Mihailovich said.

Spokane Riverkeeper wants to spread the word and educate people about the importance of the river as well as raise money to help clean it up. How? By teaming up with River City Brewing to craft the Riverkeeper IPA.

Daiquiri Factory being evicted for unpaid rent

Daiquiri Factory being evicted for unpaid rent

The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory, which made national headlines for a drink named after date rape may soon be shutting its doors. Not as a result of their infamous 'Date Grape Q-Laid' but because of unpaid rent.

On Wednesday a judge order that the Daiquiri Factory move out of its Wall Street location for unpaid rent.

The landlord of the space, FPA Crescent Associates, filed a lawsuit against the Daiquiri Factory and its owner Jamie Pendleton in May, claims the business owes more than $2,000 and has missed more than two payments.

On May 9 a letter was hand-delivered to the bar which read in part, "Based on the failure to pay rent FPA Crescent Associates has elected to terminate the lease. The tenant shall immediately surrender the premises to the landlord."

Pendleton didn't leave. Now, armed with a court order, FPA Crescent Associates has the grounds to terminate Pendleton's 90-month lease.

In court documents Pendleton claimed he paid the rent but the owners sent it back. Pendleton also claims the lawsuit stems from "the result of community bias and retaliation."

Pot retailers preparing to open as supply concerns persist

Pot retailers preparing to open as supply concerns persist

As the countdown continues until the first legal marijuana shops open around July 1 the question remains will there be enough supply to meet demand.

At one retail shop being set up on North Division Street they're working toward opening their doors on July 1.

"There's definitely a lot more hoops to jump through and a lot more red tape to cut through than the typical store front," Justin Wilson said.

For Wilson it's been a wild ride to just get to this point.

"Location is difficult, with the 1,000-foot buffer, our landlord of course had to be persuaded into this new market obviously its new to a lot of people," he said.

Wilson has been focused on things like shop design and, most importantly, security.

"Each of those has to be covered properly, so again, about 16 cameras and they want 45 days storage so it's a pretty lengthy, pretty big DVR to hold all that," he said.

But when the day comes when he can open many are concerned if there will be enough supply to meet demand. In Colorado, after marijuana was legalized in that state, demand was so high, stores quickly ran out.

River City launches benefit brew for Spokane Riverkeeper

River City launches benefit brew for Spokane Riverkeeper

The Spokane River could be called the city’s current, and now it has its very own specialty beer to promote its well being. On Friday, River City Brewing will launch the Riverkeeper IPA in partnership with Spokane Riverkeeper and Numerica Credit Union to promote the work being done to keep our river “swimmable and fishable.”