Carbonated pot set to hit store shelves in Vancouver
LONGVIEW, Wash. -- At first you think you're walking into any of the dozens of local microbreweries.
They've got the tanks, the fermenters, and of course the filling station.
But instead of hops they use pot.
The first marijuana-infused drinks will soon be hitting the shelves in Vancouver.
Adam Stites founded Mirth Provisions, one of only four licensed marijuana edible producers statewide.
"It feels great. Excited to be here. It's been a longtime coming to get where we are at," Stites said.
As excited as he may be, Stites knows there may be bumps in the road.
Colorado, the only other state to legalize recreational marijuana, has had its problems.
In April some kids got into trouble for bringing pot to school and even trading marijuana edibles.
The New York Times found a hospital in Aurora, Colorado saw nine kids treated for eating edibles in the first five months of the year, compared to eight in all of 2013.
"The industry wants to do the right thing. We don't want to see marijuana get into the hands of kids," Stites said.
So all of his bottles are semi-kid proof. You can't twist the top off; you'll need a bottle opener.
Then there's how they look.
"All of the labels in the state of Washington have to be reviewed and approved by the Liquor Control Board. We have to make sure these labels aren't especially appealing to children," Stites said.
Even with those safeguards, Stites says parents have to do their part also.
He hopes they treat these bottles just like most treat a beer or bottle of liquor, just keep them away from kids.
Stites' product Legal will hit Vancouver pot shop store shelves on Monday. It should cost about $15 a pop.