Sequim Gazette staff
The final list of applicants for a recreational marijuana license wasn’t available at press time, but the most recent compilation released by the Washington Liquor Control Board shows a marked jump in the number of marijuana license applications that have been filed.
One board employee, who asked not to be identified, said the list is largely complete, with the exception of those who applied on Dec. 20, the last day allowed by the state.
The state accepted applications from Nov. 18-Dec. 20 from those hoping to enter the market, which was created by voters in 2012 when they passed Initiative 502, legalizing the growing, processing and retail sale of recreational marijuana.
The list of retail applications in Clallam County currently stands at 18.
Under Liquor Control Board rules, only one license can be granted within the city of Sequim, two in Port Angeles and three in the county at-large.
If the number of qualified applicants exceeds those numbers, a lottery will be implemented to choose who will receive the license.
There are now three applications for retail licenses within Sequim.
One, Fairview Mercantile, islocated in the Walmart shopping center, 1400 Washington St., Suite 108. The address is three doors down from the former Washington state liquor store.
A second license has been requested by Weeds for 1200 W. Washington St., Suite 105.
The third application, filed by Rainshadow Green, seeks a license in the Bank Plaza at 160 E. Bell St.
Once all the license applications are registered with the Liquor Control Board, board staff will begin an initial investigation into the applicants, culling those who don’t meet the law’s requirements regarding distance from parks, schools and other public places specified in the law. Applicants also will be subject to an initial criminal background check.
Applicants will then be required to produce a lengthy, detailed business plan that includes extensive required security measures and plans for managing the inventory.
In the county
Beyond the city’s borders, some retail applicants are working strategically to gain an advantage in the lottery that is almost certain to take place.
In tiny Clallam Bay, “Brownlee Green” has filed three separate applications at three different locations. Within the City of Port Angeles, where only two licenses can be issued, Green Orchard has filed three license applications for its current location at 333 E. First St.
Other applications for the at-large county licenses include Emanon Systems, Inc., 760 Gardiner Beach Road, near Gardiner; Groundation, 523 Marine Drive, between Sequim and Port Angeles; High Grade Organics, 110 Industrial Park, Forks; The Hidden Bush, 2840 E. Highway 101, between Sequim and Port Angeles; Weed-R-Us, 2941 E. Highway 101, between Sequim and Port Angeles; Weed-R-Us, 3142 E. Highway 101, between Sequim and Port Angeles, and Weeds NW, 3368 E. Kolonels Way, near the Port Angeles Walmart.
In addition to the three Green Orchard applications, only Washington Green House Corp. has applied for a license within the Port Angeles city limits. They are seeking a license at 116 N. Race St.
The number of potential growers in Clallam County has climbed to 30, with 1,671 registered applicants across the state. The state has set a limit on the number of acres that can be used for the cultivation of marijuana at 2 million and there is a limit of 30,000 square feet per grower, but the state hasn’t established a limit on the number of licenses it will issue.
The applicants to grow include:
• West Coast Herbs, 1124 W. 9th St., Port Angeles
The state defines a marijuana producer as someone who processes marijuana into useable marijuana and marijuana-infused products. That includes packaging and labeling marijuana for sale to marijuana retailers.
The Clallam applicants include: