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April 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Pot vending machines may be allowed in new stores

Pot vending machines may be coming to Washington’s pot stores. They’re apparently rolling into Colorado, or at least into one Colorado shop. The Denver Post reported that an “automated, age-verifying climate-controlled” vending machine is being installed inside a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary. Washington state is considering allowing such machines in its recreational pot shops, according to Randy…

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March 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

State’s first licensed pot grower faced complaints from employees

Washington’s first legal pot grower was introduced by state officials Wednesday as an entrepreneur who followed the rules and outhustled other applicants to the finish line. Sean Green, 32, now runs medical-marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and Shoreline. He plans to open a 21,000-square-foot growing and processing facility in Spokane. Officials at the state Liquor Control Board (LCB)…

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March 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

First pot business license will be announced Wednesday

The state Liquor Control Board – which would be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Board under a bill making its way through the state Senate – will announce Wednesday the first person to get a legal marijuana business license in Washington state. The first licensee will be a producer-processor, according to board spokesman Brian Smith. The agency…

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February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

State cuts way back on marijuana-growing licenses

Because of a glut in marijuana growing license applications, the Washington state Liquor Control Board today reduced the number of licenses issued and the amount that farmers can grow. The board limited growers to just one license, instead of the three initially allowed in rules; it also reduced the amount of growing space. The problem is that growing…

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December 31, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Nearly 5,000 applications have come in for pot licenses

A lot of wannabe pot entrepreneurs waited until the state deadline to apply for business licenses.

The number of applications increased by 1,200 in the past week, as state officials continue to process a glut of applications that came in just before the Dec. 20 deadline.

In data released Tuesday, the state Liquor Control Board has now received 4,946 license applications. But that’s not the final tally as an undetermined number remain unprocessed.

The state reports 2,113 applications for growing, 1,521 for processing, and 1,312 for retail stores.

There are no limits on the number of licenses for growing and processing, although the state has capped total growing space at 2 million square feet.

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December 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Legal pot business has entrepreneurs bullish

After a big surge over the last week, Washington state has now received applications for 3,746 marijuana business licenses.

While some applicants are likely to be eliminated by residency requirements, background checks and improper locations, Washington state appears bullish about the legal marijuana business.

The 30-day window to apply for growing, processing and retail licenses closed on Dec. 20. But data released Tuesday by the state Liquor Control Board is not the final tally, as not all applications have been processed.

Growers have applied for licenses in 38 of 39 counties, with only tiny Garfield County (pop. 2,266 in 2010 census) not in the game. Applications for retail stores in cities such as Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver far exceed the number of state-allocated retail shops in those cities.

In all, entrepreneurs have applied for 867 retail licenses. The state allocated a total of 334 retail licenses.

Seattle would get just 21 retail shops under state rules. But entrepreneurs have filed 145 retail applications for Seattle. Some of those won’t pan out, like the applicant who listed the Central Library’s address for a shop. Stores must be stand-alone businesses, and no pot businesses can be within 1,000 feet of venues frequented by youth, including libraries.

Still, Seattle will likely have more qualified retail applicants than allotted stores. If that occurs, the state will conduct a lottery to determine winners.

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December 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Liquor Board says keep home grows for medical marijuana

Washington state Liquor Control Board members signaled today they will recommend to lawmakers that medical-marijuana patients be allowed to continue growing pot in their homes.

Board members would allow qualified patients, or designated providers, to grow up to six plants, three flowering and three non-flowering. A formal recommendation, expected at next week’s board meeting, would reverse a proposal by staff at three state departments — Health, Revenue and the Liquor Control Board (LCB) – to outlaw home growing.

That proposal was the most controversial of those made by the staff. In public comments about the proposals, keeping home grows was the most common request, made by 362 people. Advocates said home growing would provide patients with more affordable marijuana and rare strains, believed to have therapeutic qualities, that they might not find in dispensaries or new recreational retail stores.

“We’re all in agreement on home grows,” said Sharon Foster, chair of the three-member board. Board members today discussed changes they’d like to see to staff proposals, but did not take formal action.

That will come next week, when members vote on recommendations due to the Legislature by Jan. 1. The hope is that lawmakers will reconcile the heavily taxed and regulated recreational system with the largely unregulated and untaxed medical system. If that is not done, state consultants have predicted the medical system would siphon customers from the new recreational system, and deter it from its goal of undercutting the illicit market.

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November 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Medical marijuana hearing scheduled for Nov. 13

The Washington state Liquor Control Board announced  it will hold a hearing on Nov. 13 to take public testimony on proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana system. The hearing is scheduled for the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University , 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey, WA 98503. The draft recommendations on which the Board will take comment cover  eight categories…

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October 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Liquor board approves rules for state marijuana industry

The Associated Press Washington state has approved rules for its new legal marijuana industry. After nearly a year of research, planning and public hearings, the three-member state Liquor Control Board adopted the rules today. The regulations cover everything from the security and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores can open in cities across the…

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July 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Liquor Control Board pot hearings revised

The state Liquor Control Board has revised its schedule for public hearings on proposed rules for a legal recreational marijuana system. To accommodate community interest, the board has moved a hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 6 from Shoreline Community College to Seattle Center. The board also scheduled a hearing in Everett on the same day…

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