Despite ban, marijuana shop opens in Parkland

A Parkland pot shop opened Sunday, undeterred by a Pierce County ban on marijuana businesses.

Tedd Wetherbee, co-owner of The Gallery at 13005 Pacific Ave. S., said he’d had about 60 customers as of about 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Everyone is blown away,” he said.

The store opened at noon, a day later than expected.

Wetherbee said businesses have to wait a mandatory 24 hours after placing an order to receive marijuana from providers. The license for The Gallery came late Friday, he said, which meant the business was added to the state Liquor Control Board tracing system overnight, and the opening was pushed to Sunday.

Finding a provider to deliver early on a Sunday was a challenge, Wetherbee said.

He was happy with the quantity of product on display, but he hoped to get more variety later this week.

“There are hundreds of producers that we’d like to stock in our store,” he said. “We’re hoping to be fully stocked up with flower, edibles and concentrates by the end of next week.”

The variety will be good by Wednesday, he thinks, and completely set by Friday.

On Sunday, he said he had 12 strains of flower available.

“We’re super happy to be open,” Wetherbee said. “We’re happy to be in Parkland.”

When asked about whether there had been any trouble with the county, he said, “none at all, and we don’t anticipate any.”

He’s said previously that he doesn’t think the county will enforce the ban because it has let medical pot dispensaries operate.

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy told The Seattle Times in a statement last week that the business had just come to the county’s attention and that she planned to speak with the council and prosecutor’s office.

The Gallery is open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.