Meet Washington State’s Official New Liquor And Cannabis Board

WASHINGTON: Big changes are coming to the state Liquor Control Board, including a name change.

The same law that will change the Liquor Control Board’s name July 24 to the “Liquor and Cannabis Board” also directed the agency to decide which unlicensed medical-marijuana shops and grow operations to legitimize by July 1, 2016.

The process will involve a merit system, the Olympian reported.

The agency assumes 825 unlicensed medical shops will apply for a license and half will receive one.

First dibs would go to people who have been in the medical-marijuana industry since before 2013, have paid their taxes and applied for one of the recreational licenses. Next up are applicants who didn’t apply for a recreational license but meet the other requirements. Everyone else falls into a third tier.

Second Marijuana Shop Opening In Seattle

WASHINGTON:  A second pot shop is opening Tuesday in Seattle.

Uncle Ike’s joins Cannabis City, which opened in July south of downtown.

KING reports (http://kng5.tv/1vtwQsa ) Uncle Ike’s is located on the Central District corner of 23rd and Union — an intersection that has seen more than its share of shootings, arsons, and drug deals.

The Washington state Liquor Control Board has licensed 60 pot shops in the state but only about half that many have opened because of a shortage of licensed growers.

 

Are Location Restrictions On Marijuana Stores Excessive?

WASHINGTON:  A year and a half after 1-502 was first passed by Washington State voters, Seattle’s first recreational marijuana stores have begun opening their doors. But amid concerns over high prices and inconsistent product availability, many of the industry’s business owners have expressed concern over the current regulations governing where recreational marijuana stores can begin setting up shop.

Due to federal law first established during the Reagan Administration, which still classifies marijuana as a controlled substance, recreational marijuana stores must be 1,000 feet away from “an elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library, or arcade where admission is not restricted to those age 21 and older.”

Under this regulation, the large number of parks and schools across the Seattle area has made placement of recreational marijuana stores a difficulty. The Washington State Liquor Control Board previously attempted to redefine the 1,000 foot radius to be “along common path of travel” rather than “as the crow flies,” a classification that would have opened up additional areas for zoning across the city, but the decision was ultimately overruled by the federal government.

James Lathrop, owner of Seattle’s first recreational marijuana store Cannabis City, has said that the current restrictions are “crushing” for his business and the burgeoning industry, especially when coupled with the slow licensing process of the Liquor Control Board and the ever-present threat of the federal government pulling the plug on recreational marijuana stores entirely.

 

Washington State Says Marijuana Brownies OK, But No Lollipops

WASHINGTON:  Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put the drug in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules.

Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012.

The state’s Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling sector, published the guidelines on Wednesday for the packaging and labeling of marijuana edibles.

It prohibited any products, labels or packaging designed to be especially appealing to children, including lollipops and suckers, gummy candy and jelly beans.

 

Bumpy Road Ahead For Legal Pot In Washington

WASHINGTON:  Pete O’Neil saw Washington’s legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids’ college tuition.

He’s paid tens of thousands of dollars in rent on possible locations for a pot-shop chain, hired lawyers and picked out flooring. But now the nation’s second legal recreational marijuana industry is about to start without him.

O’Neil struck out in Washington’s lottery for coveted pot-shop licenses. He has unsuccessfully tried to buy companies that scored a lucky number. In frustration, he’s turning what would have been his Seattle retail store into a medical marijuana dispensary.

“Our company is bleeding money, and I haven’t sold a single joint,” O’Neil says.

 

Washington Medical Marijuana Business Tests Advertising Limits

WASHINGTON:  A Port Angeles-based medical marijuana company’s new advertising strategy is turning heads — and raising questions about cannabis marketing.

The business, called Chronically On Time, deploys an individual dressed in a green bear suit to advertise the company’s MMJ delivery service. “Buddy the Bear” stands on the sidewalk of busy streets, wearing a sandwich board with a promotional message while waving to passing cars.

Some locals feel that the mascot could appeal to kids, but the business owner said that is not the intent.

“We’re after the older crowd,” owner Liz Beavers told Seattle’s King 5 News. “People just need to be honest with kids. It’s a marijuana delivery service. It’s medicine.”

Spokane WA First Retail Marijuana Shop To Open July 1

WASHINGTON:  The manager at Kouchlock Productions confirmed Wednesday that the first retail marijuana store in Spokane will open July 1.

The manager added that the store, located at Francis and Napa next to Kouchlock Productions, should have all inspections done by the end of June.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board issued the state’s first licenses to produce and process recreational marijuana during a Board meeting at its headquarters in Olympia in March.

The produce and process licenses were issued to Spokane’s Sean Green who planned to operate his business under the trade name Kouchlock Productions.

Window To Apply For WA Recreational Marijuana Business Licenses Opens Nov. 18

WASHINGTON: Washington businesses and individuals may start applying for recreational marijuana business licenses at 8 a.m. on Nov. 18. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. All complete business license applications filed at any point in this window will be considered.

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Washington State To Begin Accepting Applications In November From Marijuana Retailers

WASHINGTON: Washington state regulators today finalized rules to govern the state’s nascent marijuana retail market. Beginning on November 18, regulators will begin formally accepting applications from those seeking state licenses to commercially produce, process, and sell cannabis to those age 21 and over. A press release regarding the state’s forthcoming rules and the application process is available here. [Read more…]

Washington State To Begin Accepting Applications In November From Marijuana Retailers

WASHINGTON: Washington state regulators today finalized rules to govern the state’s nascent marijuana retail market. Beginning on November 18, regulators will begin formally accepting applications from those seeking state licenses to commercially produce, process, and sell cannabis to those age 21 and over. A press release regarding the state’s forthcoming rules and the application process is available here. [Read more…]