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January 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Sweet pot dreams dashed for Capitol Hill cupcake mogul?

Cupcake Royale founder Jody Hall has people atwitter about the news she’s applied for a recreational pot store license.

But before anyone’s sweet dreams take flight, we’ve got some buzz-killing insight.

Hall’s application doesn’t appear to qualify. What’s more, she seems to have applied for the wrong license.

Hall said she applied just before the deadline —  submitting one of the 2,035 retail applications the state has received  for 334 stores — and finds the state process confusing.  She acknowledged she probably should have sought a processing license instead of one for retailing.

As the Capitol Hill Blog reported, Hall applied for a retail pot license under the business name Royale Leisure Industries and listed the new business address as 1111 E. Pike St., which is the address of her flagship cafe on Capitol Hill. (Cupcake Royale has expanded to six other locations.)

But there are problems with the application. City zoning would not allow a pot shop at that location, according to this map. State law also requires that no licensed pot business be within 1,000-feet of venues frequented by youth, such as parks and libraries, which has eliminated pot businesses from virtually all of Capitol Hill, according to city officials. Hall’s proposed location is well within 1,000 feet of Cal Anderson Park.

Furthermore, Hall appears to be seeking the wrong license.

Pot retailers can’t make products to sell and can only buy products from state-licensed processors.

To make marijuana-infused baked goods for sale, Hall needs a processing license, not the retail one she’s seeking.

In other words, she couldn’t sell her own baked goods at her store, and no one else could sell her baked goods in retail pot stores, based on her application.

Hall incorporated Royale Leisure Industries the day before the Dec. 20 state deadline for license applications.

“I was throwing my hat in at the very last minute,” Hall said in an interview.

She emphasized that she is not aiming to sell pot-laced goodies at her current locations — which would be illegal, as only licensed shops can sell pot products under state law. She also said her application has nothing to do with Cupcake Royale.

She said she put down the 1111 East Pike St. location on her application as a placeholder. “I know Capitol Hill is not a viable location,” she said, adding that she believed she would have time to find an appropriate site as the licensing process progressed.

But the state’s marijuana licensing manager has recently said  applicants need to show they have a commitment from a landlord at a compliant location in order to be considered for a license.

Hall also said that she probably should have applied for a processing licensing because she wants to make and sell marijuana-infused goods.

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