• Washington's first drive-thru marijuana dispensary opens in Auburn

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    AUBURN, Wash. - Washington first drive-thru marijuana dispensary is now open for business in Auburn. 

    Joint Rivers, located at 2121 Auburn Way South, is open everyday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and customers can choose from a variety of marijuana products. 

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    Joint Rivers is planning their officials grand opening in the coming months, but they are also throwing a Vendors' Day on July 30, where attendees can visit 30 vendors, enjoy music, food trucks and more. 

    “We are grateful and excited to provide great cannabis products with stellar customer service by the most educated and professional team in the Pacific Northwest,” General manager Audra Jaggers told the Federal Way Mirror on Tuesday.

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    While Auburn limits the number of retail marijuana dispensaries in its city limits, Joint Rivers was able to open because it is on Muckleshoot tribal land.

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    According to the Federal Way Mirror, the Muckleshoot tribe "processed the application, performed its own building permit review and handled all other planning and development matters related to the business."

    While the store is a first for Washington state, Cannabis Marketplace in Las Vegas became the first drive-thru marijuana dispensary in the country when it opened in November 2017.

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    In November of 2012, Washington voters approved Initiative 502 with 55 percent of the vote, making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess marijuana.


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