Retail sales of state-licensed weed in Washington topped $12 million by Sept. 8 … and sales keep climbing. The improvement of sales in recreational marijuana here mirrors the steep growth in sales in Colorado, where the recreational market out-sold medical for the first time in July (the latest numbers from that state).
The Cannabist reports: “In July 2014, customers purchased more than $29.7 million in recreational marijuana — up from $24.7 million in June. Medical marijuana patients spent more than $28.9 million on marijuana in July — comparable to June’s $28.6 million in sales.”
In Washington, there are now 55 fully licensed retail outlets with another five approved and waiting on final licensing payments, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. (The stores licensed and published by the LCB are in the gallery above.)
The great mystery is why Seattle still has only one store licensed — Cannabis City. Carpenter said they’re all baffled by that but “they’re just not through the licensing process yet,” he said of Seattle applicants. “For whatever reason they’re just not getting through.”
State records show 388 applications active for Seattle. (… are you trying to get through the system and open a store? Call or email me … contact info below.) And, while the state’s system is very detailed and not a breeze by any stretch to get through (some say illegally difficult), business owners have to do their part, too.