By Jerry Cornfield Herald Writer
MONROE — City leaders don’t want a marijuana retail store in town and potential entrepreneurs in the new industry apparently got the message.
The state Liquor Control Board earmarked a license for one store in the city limits but no eligible applicant applied for it, an agency spokesman said.
That’s fine with the City Council, which in March passed an ordinance aimed at preventing retailers from setting up shop in city limits.
Council members approved rules to “prohibit the issuance of a business license to any business which operates in violation of local, state or federal law” and that pretty much covers growing, processing and retail sales of marijuana.
“I don’t think anyone on the council will be disappointed by the outcome,” Mayor Geoffrey Thomas said Wednesday, pointing out residents spoke loud and clear in public hearings of their concerns with marijuana businesses sprouting up in town.
The state agency allotted Snohomish County 35 stores — including Monroe. Of those, 19 are spread among the most populous cities and the rest scattered at-large, which is mostly in unincorporated areas.
Lotteries were conducted last week for five cities and for the at-large area because the number of applicants exceeded the number of allotted stores. Each lottery produced a list of applicants to be reviewed.
Earlier this week, the state released information about applicants in the five cities in Snohomish County not requiring a lottery — Bothell, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Mukilteo.
Each applicant will be subject to the state’s licensing process, which includes background checks and an inspection of the proposed store locations. If an applicant picked in the lottery fails to pass muster the liquor board will move on to the next applicant on the list.
And in situations where two applicants are approved for the same address, the landlord will choose which one can stay, and the other will be given time to find a different location.
The Liquor Control Board hopes to begin issuing licenses in early July.
Here are proposed locations of stores in communities without a lottery:
Bothell: The Herbal Center, 19302 Bothell Everett Highway;
Edmonds: JT Retail, 23329 Highway 99; Retail Marijuana, 22324 Highway 99;
Lynnwood: Green Express, 2929 Bond St.; Hempspot, 20007 44th Ave. W. Suite E
Mill Creek: Steve’s Greens, 800 164th St. SE Suite O
Mukilteo: Blue Dreams A Pot Shop, 11706 Mukilteo Speedway
Here are proposed locations of stores in communities that had a lottery
Everett: Globodyne, 4718 Evergreen Way Suite A-C; Mr. Nice Guy, 11632 Highway 99 Unit G; Evergreen State 9506 19th Ave. SE; Purple Haze 2112 Madison St. Suite 6; High Society 1520 Broadway Suite 105.
Marysville: Top Cat Enterprises, 1115-1119 5th St.; Five Star Trading Co., 3915 152nd St. NE; Best Budz, 4308 103rd Pl. NE.
Lake Stevens: Cannablyss, 2705 Hartford Dr. Suite A
Arlington: Lisa Davis Kihm, 19129 Smokey Point Blvd. Suite B
Mountlake Terrace: Purps, 21215 52nd Ave. W.
Unincorporated Snohomish County: Red Canyon, 16530 State Route 9 SE, Snohomish; Trippy Hippy Co. 3716 232nd Dr. NE, Granite Falls; VT Associates, 16530 State Route 9 SE, Snohomish; High Times, 520 128th St. SW Suite A6, Everett; Bellwether Enterprises, 16530 State Route 9 SE #106, Snohomish; Green City Collective, 13601 Highway 99 Suite D, Everett; Glitch Factor, 16530 State Route 9 SE, Snohomish; T.H.C Supermarket, 8411 State Route 92 Suite 1B, Granite Falls; Uncle Greens, 202 Avenue D, Snohomish; Green Quality, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville; Shade’s Greenery, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville; Green Place, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville; Northwest THC Outlet, 8411 State Route 92 Suite 1B, Granite Falls; White Rabbit Retail, 15929 Highway 99, Lynnwood; Marijuana Mercantile, 8411 State Route 92 Suite 1A, Granite Falls; Northwest THC Outlet, 21326 State Route 9 SE Suite B.