Five retail pot sale potential candidates are in White Center
by Jack Mayne
The recent Washington State Liquor Control Board lottery for licenses to run one of the 11 marijuana retail stores allotted to unincorporated area in King County produced 44 candidates and five of the applicants are listed as having addresses in the unincorporated area between Burien, Tukwila and Seattle.
There is no requirement that a store be permitted in White Center, but many expect one will be selected, although there are problems with the density of the area and the close location of many schools, day care activities and other activities that would run afoul of Initiative 502 and the rules set up by the liquor board, which will administer the new law.
Some of the businesses on the first-round approval from the Liquor Board are in the medical marijuana business, but many say the differences between a medical use of marijuana and uses for personal pleasure are different enough to cause difficulty in issuing state and county licenses.
They list of first-round approval candidates are, in order of their ranking:
- Osk Enterprises, 9616 16th Ave. SW (same address as Smoke Town)
- Sound THC, 9640 16th Ave. SW (same location as NW Cannabis Market)
- Cannabis Craft, 9510 14th Ave. S.
- Kronic, 9823 15th Ave. SW, Suite D
- Green Leaf Care, 9625 16th Ave. SW
It should be noted that the companies above, and others on the list could be selected for running marijuana retail store in another area of the county. We only picked out those with addresses in the White Center area.
The liquor board is charged under voter approved Initiative 502 with regulating the retail sales of marijuana in small amounts to the general public. The board has allotted 61 stores to King County with one each in Tukwila, Des Moines, SeaTac, and Burien. Seattle will have 21 stores and there are 11 stores for unincorporated areas, including smaller cities.
When will licenses be issued in cities and areas with approved applicants?
“Hard to say,” said a Liquor Board representative on Thursday (May 8). “Each application is unique and we have thousands to process.”
After the state grants a license, the King County government must approve the applicant. The hang-up can be laws forbidding the approval of any enterprise that violates state or federal laws. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, although the present Obama administration has said it will not move to enforce the law in Washington state and Colorado, the two states where marijuana has been legalized for personal consumption
“One condition of the (state) license is that in order to operate an applicant must be in compliance with all of the local authority rules and regulations,” said Liquor Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter. “Essentially, that means that if they meet our criteria they get a license, but to operate they need to meet the (local) criteria. That makes the issue of zoning, bans, moratoria a conversation between the applicant and the city, not the WSLCB.”
Effectively, any individual Washington local city or county administration can decide not to have pot sales.
The Liquor Control Board has said it hopes to begin issuing licenses in early July.