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96 in county apply for licenses to go into pot biz

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By Jerry Cornfield
Herald writer
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EVERETT – One day, in the not too distant future, you may find yourself inside Woody's Weed Warehouse on Evergreen Way eyeing a line of marijuana products produced by Wacky Tobacky in Stanwood.
Or maybe you'll drop by Bud Man on Hartford Drive in Lake Stevens to sniff the aroma of the latest strain grown and harvested indoors by the owner's friends at Just Herb.
While the possibilities for buying marijuana legally in Washington won't be endless, they are going to be plentiful given the initial tide of license applications received by the state.
The state Liquor Control Board on Tuesday released the names of the 929 applicants for licenses to produce, process and sell marijuana received since Nov. 18, when the window for applying opened. The deadline to apply is Dec. 19.
The state is in the process of reviewing each application and doesn't expect to issue any licenses until late February or early March 2014.
Of the 929 applicants, 96 want to set up shop in Snohomish County including 35 who want to grow, 48 who want to process and 13 looking to operate retail stores in Everett, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Lynnwood, Snohomish, Stanwood and Edmonds.
"This is the first real glance at where the applications have been received from. You'll be able to see in the community where people are looking to locate," said Brian Smith, spokesman for the liquor board which will update the list next week. "I think people from city planners to law enforcement to average citizens are going to look at it at least out of curiosity."
Donivian Demar of Snohomish, the 27-year-old owner of Just Herb, said he was unimpressed with the number.
"I was expecting thousands of people to apply since it is seen as a kind of a gold rush thing," he said. "Maybe it is just the serious people."
As of Tuesday morning, there were 444 applications for pot growing licenses and 327 for packaging cannabis into a variety of smokeable, edible and infusible products. Dozens of people applied for both as allowed under the rules enacted by the state Liquor Control Board.
The state also received 158 requests for licenses to operate a retail store in which people 21 years and older will be able to legally buy marijuana and marijuana products over the counter. The board intends to allow up to 334 pot shops statewide, including up to 35 in Snohomish County.
Only 13 retail license requests had come in as of Tuesday but of those, five are in Everett, the maximum number the state is allotting to the city. Lynnwood has two requests, which is the limit allocated there.
In Monroe, which is allowed one store, there are two license applications. This sets up the possibility of a lottery to award the license.
Judging by how budding entrepreneurs named their enterprises, the legal marijuana industry is going to be a colorful one.
Among the stores, there's Dank's Wonder Emporium in Everett; Ye Olde Dope Shoppe, in Lake Forest Park; 420 Hash in Lynnwood, Sweet Mary Jane's in Seattle; Maui Wowie in Redmond; and Happy Daze, in Selah.
As far as growers, they got creative too with applications for Holy Smokes Farms in Camano Island and The THC Brothers in Ridgefield.
Then there is the less flamboyant Oliver's Farm run by 65-year-old Donald Burks on 50 acres outside Arlington. He grows fruit and vegetables today. By next year he's looking to try his hand at marijuana, with a focus on producing high-quality seedlings for sale. He's applied for a license for an operation between 10,000 and 30,000 square feet.
"I thought I'd give it a try," he said. "I don't know anything about marijuana. I know how to produce seeds. My interest is in providing premium seed stocks to other growers."
He's not put off by the thousands of dollars he'll need to invest to comply with all the state standards.
"I have the facilities and I have the means. Every farmer is always looking for a new cash crop," he said. "This industry has great possibility, but nobody really knows how it will work out."
A list of applicants of marijuana business licenses can be found at www.liq.wa.gov.
Herald writer Scott North contributed to this report.
Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com

Snohomish County marijuana license applications

All license types

TypeCount
Marijuana processor35
Marijuana producer Tier 116
Marijuana producer Tier 219
Marijuana producer Tier 313
Marijuana retailer13
Total96

All license types by city

CityCount
Snohomish20
Everett16
Lake Stevens12
Stanwood7
Monroe7
Marysville7
Arlington6
Sultan5
Lynnwood4
Granite Falls3
Woodinville2
Mountlake Terrace2
Gold Bar2
Bothell2
Edmonds1
Total96

Marijuana retailer

CityCount
Everett5
Monroe2
Lynnwood2
Stanwood1
Snohomish1
Lake Stevens1
Edmonds1
Total13

Marijuana processor

CityCount
Snohomish7
Lake Stevens5
Everett5
Stanwood3
Marysville3
Sultan2
Monroe2
Arlington2
Woodinville1
Mountlake Terrace1
Lynnwood1
Granite Falls1
Gold Bar1
Bothell1
Total35

Marijuana producer Tier 1

(Less than 2,000 square feet)
CityCountofid
Snohomish3
Marysville2
Lake Stevens2
Granite Falls2
Everett2
Woodinville1
Stanwood1
Monroe1
Lynnwood1
Bothell1
Total16

Marijuana producer Tier 2

(2,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet)
CityCount
Snohomish4
Sultan3
Lake Stevens3
Everett3
Stanwood2
Marysville2
Monroe1
Gold Bar1
Total19

Marijuana producer Tier 3

(10,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet)
CityCount
Snohomish5
Arlington4
Mountlake Terrace1
Monroe1
Lake Stevens1
Everett1
Total13

All marijuana license applicants by city

CityTypeCount
ArlingtonMarijuana processor2
ArlingtonMarijuana producer Tier 34
BothellMarijuana processor1
BothellMarijuana producer Tier 11
EdmondsMarijuana retailer1
EverettMarijuana processor5
EverettMarijuana producer Tier 12
EverettMarijuana producer Tier 23
EverettMarijuana producer Tier 31
EverettMarijuana retailer5
Gold BarMarijuana processor1
Gold BarMarijuana producer Tier 21
Granite FallsMarijuana processor1
Granite FallsMarijuana producer Tier 12
Lake StevensMarijuana processor5
Lake StevensMarijuana producer Tier 12
Lake StevensMarijuana producer Tier 23
Lake StevensMarijuana producer Tier 31
Lake StevensMarijuana retailer1
LynnwoodMarijuana processor1
LynnwoodMarijuana producer Tier 11
LynnwoodMarijuana retailer2
MarysvilleMarijuana processor3
MarysvilleMarijuana producer Tier 12
MarysvilleMarijuana producer Tier 22
MonroeMarijuana processor2
MonroeMarijuana producer Tier 11
MonroeMarijuana producer Tier 21
MonroeMarijuana producer Tier 31
MonroeMarijuana retailer2
Mountlake TerraceMarijuana processor1
Mountlake TerraceMarijuana producer Tier 31
SnohomishMarijuana processor7
SnohomishMarijuana producer Tier 13
SnohomishMarijuana producer Tier 24
SnohomishMarijuana producer Tier 35
SnohomishMarijuana retailer1
StanwoodMarijuana processor3
StanwoodMarijuana producer Tier 11
StanwoodMarijuana producer Tier 22
StanwoodMarijuana retailer1
SultanMarijuana processor2
SultanMarijuana producer Tier 23
WoodinvilleMarijuana processor1
WoodinvilleMarijuana producer Tier 11
Total 96
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