Illegal Marijuana Sales & Other License Violations Prompt WSLCB To Issue Emergency License Suspension For The Smoke Shop In White Center

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today issued a Board Order of Suspension for The Smoke Shop after an investigation found multiple violations of their state licenses and violations of state and federal drug laws. The suspension is for the licensee listed below:

The Smoke Shop: 9817 16th Ave SW, Seattle WA  98106

The suspension covers the licensee’s cigarette retailer, other tobacco product retailer, vapor product and beer/wine specialty licenses.

The suspension follows an investigation by the WSLCB and the King County Sheriff’s Office including onsite visits and several undercover sales of marijuana products. The licensee does not have a license to sell marijuana.

The licenses will remain suspended for a period of 180 days, after which the WSLCB will pursue permanent revocation due to the aggravating circumstances of the case.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board educates licensees to reach compliance and enforces Washington’s liquor, cannabis and tobacco laws and regulations. The WSLCB is mandated to ensure that licensees in Washington State follow state laws and regulations. When licensees fail to comply with state law the Board, under state authority can take action including the issuance of suspensions to ensure public health and safety.