WASHINGTON: Three proposed retail marijuana stores in Bellingham are ready for final inspections, meaning they could be among the first such outlets to open in the state once the first licenses are issued July 7.
Four licensees in Tacoma, three in Spokane and three in Vancouver also are ready for their final inspections, according to information provided to the state Liquor Control Board. In Seattle, only one store is ready for that inspection, along with two others in King County — one in Bellevue and another in Des Moines.
Even small towns like Union Gap and Benge, which is in Adams County, have a store on a list of 20 expected to be among the first licenses issued on July 7.
Those stores would be able to open as early as 8 a.m. the next day. More stores will get final inspections, be issued licenses and be allowed to open later in July.