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‘Greenlight’ regains top marijuana sales spot in September

Greenlight on Trent Avenue was once again Spokane County's top-selling legal marijuana retailer in September.

After falling to second place in August following a robbery, the store - which had led sales since the beginning of 2015 - Greenlight sold about $20,000 more worth of marijuana than its neighbor and competitor, Sativa Sisters, last month, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board.

The full list of retailers, and their sales totals for September, were as follows:

1. Greenlight; $594,288
2. Sativa Sisters; $576,523
3. Satori; $538,467
4. Cinder (Valley); $421,386
5. Cinder (Division Street); $415,951
6. Treehouse Club; $345,180
7. Green Star Cannabis; $281,977
8. Spokane Green Leaf; $277,747
9. Cannabis & Glass; $194,106
10. The Green Nugget; $178,234
11. The Top Shelf; $163,772
12. Smokane; $129,478
13. 4:20 Friendly; $120,247
14. Royal's Cannabis; $103,845
15. Locals Canna House; $78,898

In total, Spokane retailer sold $4.4 million worth of legal marijuana in September. Based on the new tax structure, which charges excise taxes of 37 percent on all marijuana sales, Spokane stores sent $1.6 million to state coffers last month.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board will begin accepting applications next week for retail and medicinal marijuana store licenses, as part of sweeping changes to the industry signed into law this summer by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Most outdoor farms are gearing up for harvest this month, which many predict will be among the largest the world has seen. Indoor operations continued to report sales to the state. Cheney producers The Happy Crowd led all Spokane County growers in sales last month, reporting $250,000 in revenue. 

Here were the top 5 marijuana producers by revenue in Spokane County in September:

1. The Happy Crowd; $250,010
2. Family Plot; $68,274
3. Freedom Farms; $20,736
4. Conscious Family Farms; $9,198
5. Driftboat; $8,809

The Happy Crowd reported more than half of the total revenue taken in by Spokane County producers last month. The total was $413,053.

Processors, who package and prepare usable marijuana bud for concentrates, edibles and other products, saw a slight dip in revenue countywide last month compared to August. The top five processing firms still made more than six figures in revenue apiece. 

The top 5 marijuana processors by revenue in Spokane County in September:

1. Grow Op Farms; $789,955
2. Growstate-One; $238,510
3. Blueroots Cannabis; $184,056
4. Root Down; $116,392
5. Farmer J's; $100,125

In total, processors reported $2.8 million in revenue in September, down about $100,000 from the previous month.

Check back with the Spokesman-Review later this week for an in-depth look at the outdoor marijuana harvest and what changes in the industry could mean for growers, processors, retailers and consumers.

Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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