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December 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Legal pot by the numbers: 99 stores licensed, $64 million in sales

Cloned cuttings develop in a water solution. For AuricAG to succeed, its harvests must meet purity standards and turn a profit. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Cloned cuttings from Seattle pot grower AuricAG. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

After a rocky start and supply troubles, the recreational marijuana industry is slowly gaining ground in Washington state. With the new year upon us, here are some numbers that help put things in context.

8

In Seattle, just eight retail marijuana stores have been licensed by the Liquor Control Board; seven are open.

The LCB allotted Seattle 21 stores. It plans to license as many as 334 stores statewide. Cannabis City, which opened July 8, was the first to operate in Seattle.

Unprepared applicants, difficulties finding legal space in a dense city as well as complicated zoning rules have slowed Seattle pot shops.

James Lathrop is the owner of Cannabis City, which is expected to be Seattle’s first recreational pot store. He says the shop passed a two-hour state inspection last week. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

James Lathrop is the owner of Cannabis City, Seattle’s first recreational pot store. 
(Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

99

Counties that have a legal marijuana store. (Map by Evan Bush / The Seattle Times)

Counties that have at least one legal marijuana store. (Map by Evan Bush / The Seattle Times)

Statewide, at least 99 stores have been licensed in 27 of Washington’s 39 counties, though that doesn’t mean they are operating.

King County leads the state with a total of 14 licensed stores. Although Pierce County has banned marijuana, nine stores are located within cities that allow pot within the county. Snohomish County has 7 licensed pot shops.

In Eastern Washington, Spokane County leads the way with 11 stores licensed.

322

Mark Arnold, left, and Mark Greenshields pot cuttings in the clone room, making the most of plants obtained during a 15-day window of nonenforcement. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Mark Arnold, left, and Mark Greenshields attend to pot cuttings in the clone room at AuricAG. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The state has licensed more than 320 marijuana growers. About 54 percent of Washington growers are located in Eastern Washington. Spokane County hosts the most growers with 66. Snohomish County has the second-most growers, with 28.

$64 million

December sales figures are not complete. (Graphic by Evan Bush / The Seattle Times)

December sales figures are not complete. (Graphic by Evan Bush / The Seattle Times)

Since July, nearly $64 million of pot has been sold in Washington state, according to Liquor Control Board figures. The figures include sales throughout the supply chain (such as sales from growers to retailers). The state reaped nearly $16 million from excise taxes on marijuana sales.

$2.75 million

A marijuana store opened in Bothell at noon Monday, the second to open in the Seattle area. Herbal Nation had a line of nearly 75 people waiting for them to begin sales. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

When Herbal Nation opened in Bothell, a line of about 75 people weaved through its parking lot. The store grossed about $2.6 million in sales — second best in the state this year. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Vancouver’s New Vansterdam sold almost $2.75 million worth of marijuana products since it opened in July, the most of any retail marijuana business.

Rounding out the top 5 retailers:

  • New Vansterdam: $2,748,875
  • Herbal Nation: $2,600,469
  • Cannabis City: $2,469,905
  • Main Street Marijuana: $1,584,512
  • Spokane Green Leaf: $1,452,252

Note: These numbers likely do not reflect all December sales, because reporting is not required until the following month.

$1.5 million

Sticky and pungent trichomes cling to the leaves of an AuricAG “Sodo Blueberry” pot bud that is a few weeks away from harvest. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Sticky and pungent trichomes cling to the leaves of an AuricAG “Sodo Blueberry” pot bud that is a few weeks away from harvest. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

BMF Washington pulled in about $1.5 million in sales, the most of any producer or processor.

Rounding out the top 5 producer/ processors:

  • BMF Washington: $1,526,663
  • Farmer J’s: $1,249,227
  • Monkey Grass Farms: $792,397
  • Green Chiefs: $741,225
  • Cannasol Farms Incorporated: $687,562

Note: These numbers likely do not reflect all December sales, because reporting is not required until the following month.

$1 million

Weedsgiving? The day before Turkey Day (Nov. 26) was the biggest single sales day for marijuana. Growers, retailers and processors combined to sell more than $1 million of weed.

10 percent

About 10 percent of marijuana fails one of the state’s tests for bacteria and other contaminants.

16 percent

Pot sold in Washington averages about 16 percent THC.

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