Severe Pot Shortage May Hit Washington

    A participant practices rolling a joint at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in Seattle, Washington April 20, 2014. Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. REUTERS/Jason Redmond (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS DRUGS SOCIETY) - RTR3M0P9

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    If you live in Washington state, don't get rid of your secret stash just yet. Randy Simmons, the legal-pot project manager for the state's Liquor Control Board, said "Will there be shortages? The answer is yes." Relatively few growers have submitted marijuana samples for testing, a prerequisite for selling in the state. Randy Oliver, who runs the only lab certified to test marijuana for the state, says only two growers have submitted samples. 420-friendly folks may have to face long lines and high prices, according to experts.  One of the two licensed growers was already selling their harvest to retailers for $4,000 a pound, so good luck getting grass in the Evergreen state.

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