These are intoxicating times at the High Society pot shop in Anacortes. Business is buzzing as the locals feed their need for weed.
"The average store in Washington is doing around $250,000 per month," said owner Jason Kitzman.
Kitzman wants to open a second location in neighboring Burlington. It would be the city's first and only retail marijuana store, but Burlington hasn't been as welcoming.
"We have put in hundreds and hundreds of hours in Burlington, looking, talking," said Kitzman. "They are sick of seeing me at City Hall."
That's because Burlington's marijuana ordinances are stricter than state law. In addition to all of the other restrictions, in Burlington you can't operate a pot store within 1,000 feet of a single family home. That has made finding a legal location almost impossible.
"We quickly realized it just doesn't exist," said Kitzman.
Kitzman says some landlords with the few available properties have refused to rent to him for fear of what the feds might do. Two-and-a-half years after getting his license, he has lost millions in potential profits.
"I think the city did a preemptive strike, which no one would blame them for doing. It was an unknown, a brand new industry. Nobody knew what was going to happen," said Kitzman. "But now is the time to change that rule."
And time is ticking away for Kitzman.
If he doesn't use his Burlington license soon, the state could revoke it. The city is considering loosening its laws, but not until October when its comprehensive plan is complete.