Less than a week away from the start of commercial pot sales in Washington state, the first person to score a legal marijuana business license there said Wednesday that he's putting the business up for sale—yet another milestone for this new industry.
In an interview with NBC News, Spokane-native Sean Green said he's already had a $2 million offer for his large, passionately-run grow operation—he called his license "beautiful" when he received it back in March—but he isn't taking it. "Two million dollars is not enough," said the 32-year-old founder of Kouchlock Productions. "If you risked 20 years of federal incarceration, how much money would it take for the risk to have been worth it to you?"
Green, who has operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, said he plans to move into marijuana consulting. "Life is good," he said. "And I'm ready for a new adventure."
Kouchlock's new owners will need to re-apply for the license, according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which regulates the marijuana market. The board also confirmed Wednesday that it would issue the first retail marijuana licenses on Monday—allowing sales to begin on Tuesday, July 8th.
"Cannabis prohibition is over," said Green. "My work is somewhat done."
First published July 2 2014, 2:02 PM
Tony Dokoupil is a senior writer for NBC News and the host of "Greenhouse," a new MSNBC show about the life and much-predicted death of our old familiar globe.
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He joined NBC News in September of 2013 and contributes scripts and features to NBCNews.com, along with reporting across NBC platforms, including the Today Show and Nightly News.
He's also the author of "The Last Pirate," a book about his father and the pre-legal world of smuggled marijuana. The New York Times called it, "a probing, exuberant memoir" and People Magazine said the story "will fill you with hope."
Dokoupil joined NBCNews.com from The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, where he was a senior writer. In that role, he was a host of BeastTV and he wrote numerous cover stories, including "The Suicide Epidemic," "iCrazy" and "Dustoff 73." His story "The Last Dive" and the original video became Newsweek's first video cover.
He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his family.