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Marijuana growers seek licenses around state

Map courtesy of Gina Boysun, Spokesman.com Online Director.

The demand for licenses to grow legal marijuana in Washington is growing — if you'll forgive the expression — like a weed.

In the first two weeks that it has been accepting license applications for marijuana businesses, the state has received 634 requests. There are three different “tiers” for growers, depending on how much area they plan to plant. But if all of the licenses were granted and planted to the maximum allowed, it would amount to almost 9.4 million square feet of land planted to marijuana.

This is a bit of a problem because the state is only planning to license 2 million square feet. The state Liquor Control Board will announce plans for meeting its limits for the licenses that are granted early next year. 

In the map above, the red pins represent Tier 1 applications, which are 2,000 square feet or less, the yellow pins represent Tier 2 applications for 2,000 to 10,000 square feet, and the green pins represent Tier 3 applications for 10,000 to 30,000 square feet.

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86 pot licenses sought for Spokane

.OLYMPIA – A tally of the first week of applications by would-be marijuana businesses shows a certain amount of creativity in coming up with names for what in most of the country is an illegal business.
Cheech and Chong might be proud of some who play off established drug slang, such as 420 Growers and Producers, Farmer J’s, Happy Daze or United We’d Stand. Dunn and Bradstreet might be happier with other names that give no clue as to the nature of the business, like Triple T Farms or WW Processing.

 

 

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Pot businesses: 299 applications in first six hours

OLYMPIA — Would-be marijuana entrepreneurs began Monday filing applications for state licenses to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana.

In the six hours after the state Department of Revenue's web site began taking applications, 299 had been filed online and the non-refundable fee of $250 had been paid, a spokeswoman said. The department didn't have totals available for the full day, or a count of the number of people who filed applications in person at one of its offices, Beverly Crichfield said.

Of the applications that were filed:

— 151 were for people who wanted to both grow and process marijuana
— 70 were retail applications
— 62 were processor applications
— 16 were grower applications

The department's web site, which began taking applications at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the state's 30-day window, can take applications round the clock, Crichfield said. The applications are forwarded to the state Liquor Control Board for processing and review.

Recreational marijuana was legalized for adults in Washington state by voters in the 2012 general election. State officials have been working for the last year to develop rules and regulations for the new businesses, even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

 State officials say they expect to award licenses early next year, and state-licensed stores with marijuana grown under the new law are expected to be open by June.

The board plans to post the names of applicants starting next week, Crichfield said.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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