The wait is almost over for the thousands of people lined up to get into the state’s newest industry, pot. Licenses to grow and process marijuana into sellable products are starting to get handed out by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. It’s been slow going. As of last week, only four operations had been approved, one each in King, Pierce, Kitsap and Spokane counties. Each has been licensed to not only grow but also process marijuana.
In Snohomish County, there are nearly 240 applications for licenses to grow pot, 70 seeking approval for processing and 207 hoping to open retail stores.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the proposed addresses for retail locations are in the commercial corridor parallel to I-5, from Arlington to the King County line.
We’ve mapped the locations of all the applications and put them in interactive maps below. They are snapshots of the level of interest in the legal local pot industry, before the competitive reality kicks in.
The odds clearly are stacked against those wanting to operate a retail store.
The state is allowing just 334 retail locations statewide. It has received nearly 2,200 applications to run them. Snohomish County has been limited to just 35 retail locations.
As a result, the state says it is planning to hold a lottery to figure out who will win store licenses. The liquor control board says details on the lottery could be out this week.
Marijuana retail license applications
Dots represent proposed retail locations in Snohomish County among license applicants.
Marijuana producer license applications
Dots represent proposed producer locations in Snohomish County among license applicants.
Marijuana processor license applications
Dots represent proposed processor locations in Snohomish County among license applicants.
Snohomish County marijuana license applications by type and city
Of the 207 applications for retail outlets, only 35 will be awarded. Some definitions:
Producer Tier 1: 2,000 square feet or less of dedicated plant canopy.
Producer Tier 2: 2,000-10,000 square feet.
Producer Tier 3: 10,000-30,000 square feet.
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