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May 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Sodo, Ballard get cluster of winners in Seattle pot lottery

Map: Represented are the locations of pot-store lottery winners in Washington as well as potential pot-store locations in communities that did not have enough applicants to warrant a lottery. (Map by Matt Kreamer / Evan Bush)
The first marijuana stores to open in Seattle are likely to be in Sodo, Ballard and on Aurora Avenue North, according to lottery results released today by the state Liquor Control Board.

The state allocated 21 stores for Seattle, where 191 applicants got through the pre-screening process to qualify for the lottery.

Applicants who drew lottery numbers 21 and lower tended to be located in pockets of Sodo, northwest Seattle and Aurora Avenue North.

Sodo is leading in the competition to become a retail hot spot with eight applicants in the top 21. Ballard has five and applicants on or near Aurora Avenue North have three of the top spots.

No lottery winners were on Rainier Avenue South, which has been a popular spot for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Among the top 21 applicants, the closest location to Capitol Hill is Mello Times at 1410 24th Avenue, which is near 24th Avenue and East Union Street in the Central District.

Three applicants at 2310 East Union Street fell just outside the top 21, with spots 32, 34 and 35 in the lottery.

If two lottery-winning applicants are vying for the same address, whoever secures a lease will get the location and the other will have to find a new location within the city. The Liquor Control Board will grant a specific, yet unspecified time for such applicants to find a new location.

The top lottery number in Seattle went to Trichome & Calyyx Corp at 3809 Delridge Way SW; #2 went to GG Gourmet Enterprises at 9550 Aurora Ave. North; and Nectar Gardens at 4919 17th Avenue NW bagged the #3 spot.

Diego Pellicer, the company founded by former Microsoft manager Jamen Shively received #21 in Seattle.

A lottery was necessary because the state had 1,174 applicants who made it through initial screening vying for 334 stores; 75 jurisdictions required a lottery and 47 did not.

The independent double-blind process produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores for a jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the Liquor Control Board will withdraw the application and move to the next applicant on the list.

The lottery results don’t guarantee anyone a retail license and store yet. Applicants still must have their operations and financial plans approved and must pass criminal background checks. Then they have to build out their stores and pass final inspection before getting licensed. State officials expect to start issuing licenses by early July.

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