Washington state gets its first drive-thru marijuana dispensary

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Washington weed just keeps getting easier to access.

Now, in Auburn, tokers can replenish their stash without even getting out of the car: Joint Rivers, believed to be the state's first drive-thru cannabis dispensary, is now open for business.

It puts us behind Las Vegas, which got their first drive-thru dispensary -- and the first in the country -- back in November 2017. Where other states have fully embraced weed and its potential for kitschy, tourist stops, Washington has been a bit more cautious. California and Colorado have also opened up weed cafes, another area that Washington has been hesitant about.

But, better a late step than never trying anything (possibly out of fear of Jeff Sessions).

And in true weed business fashion, the new dispensary operates in a bit of a gray zone. Though Auburn has limited the number of weed stores that can open within city limits, the Joint Rivers store is in a new building behind the Muckleshoot Bingo Hall, meaning it falls on tribal land.

As a sovereign nation, the tribe handled all matters of development, making the opening a surprise for city officials.

"We didn't know that that building was going in except that it has utility service from Auburn, so we service the water line; that's how we found out they were going to build a building," Jeff Tate, interim planning director for the City of Auburn, told the Federal Way Mirror.

"Generally, we don't know what is going to go in a building there until signs go up advertising what it is."

Although the grand opening of Joint Rivers is still about two months off, general manager Audria Jaggers has said that the store is ready to welcome one and all to Vendors' Day on July 18.

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