OLYMPIA — Exactly where marijuana retailers may operate in Snohomish County became clearer Friday when the state released results of lotteries for store licenses.
Brian Bodge couldn’t be happier, as he finished atop the list of those applying to open in Everett and be one of the first 334 recreational marijuana retailers in the state.
“Of course it wasn’t a certainty,” said Bodge, a Seattle resident hoping to operate on Evergreen Way. “Now I just have to go about starting it up. To be part of something new like this is very exciting.”
The Washington State Liquor Control Board decided the state will start with 334 marijuana retailers and allocated the licenses throughout the state. They hope to begin issuing licenses in early July.
Lotteries were conducted for communities where the number of applicants exceeded the number of allotted stores. Each lottery produced an ordered list of applicants for review, with results posted online Friday.
Snohomish County is allotted 35 stores with 16 for county-controlled areas and the rest spread among the 10 most populous cities.
Everett is allotted five stores, Marysville three and Lynnwood and Edmonds two each. Arlington, Bothell, Mukilteo, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek were allotted one store apiece. Lotteries were conducted for five cities and for the unincorporated area.
Competition was most fierce in Mountlake Terrace, where 16 applicants vied for the lone license. A company called Purps finished atop the draw and will open on 52nd Avenue West, if it clears the hurdles in the licensing process.
It wasn’t much easier for those wanting a spot in the unincorporated areas. There were 87 applicants for 16 licenses.
In Everett, there were 27 applications for the five available licenses. Bodge filed three — one for each of three suites in an Evergreen Way commercial building — which increased his odds of success.
The “winners” must still complete the state’s licensing process, which includes background checks and an inspection of their proposed store locations. If an applicant fails to pass, the liquor board will move to the next applicant on the list.
In situations where two applicants are approved for the same address, the landlord will choose the winner.
In Snohomish County, these applicants won the lottery and will get the first crack at obtaining store licenses at the listed addresses:
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 Place NE.
Lake Stevens: Cannablyss, 2705 Hartford Drive, 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 Drive 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 Ave. 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.