Tacoma Firm Gets The First Marijuana Processing License In Pierce County

WASHINGTON: A Tacoma firm has received the first license in Pierce County allowing the processing of recreational marijuana.

The State Liquor Control Board, the regulating body for licenses to grow, process and sell marijuana under Initiative 502, has announced that Commencement Bay Production and Processing, located in  the 3100 block of South Pine Street, can begin processing marijuana plants.

Commencement Bay Director Tyler Severy said Thursday his company should be ready to deliver to retailers by mid-August.

The company will market its products under the brand “Rainier Gardens” and production will be limited to eight “strains” of marijuana. The company has hired a master grower from New Mexico, Severy said.

Pierce County Council Weighs Ban On Marijuana Retail Stores

WASHINGTON: Washington state expects to license about 17 marijuana retail stores in unincorporated Pierce County, but a majority of the Pierce County Council supports measures to effectively ban the stores.

Tacoma attorney Jay Berneburg represents clients who operate medical marijuana dispensaries and want to apply for state licenses to grow and sell recreational marijuana. He said a ban would fly in the face of voter approval for legalization through Initiative 502. [Read more…]