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Conviction won’t keep businessman out of pot business

A Spokane businessman convicted in 1994 for selling cocaine in a widely reported federal case has complied with all legal requirements to apply for a license to run a marijuana business, state officials say. Clarence “Cip” Paulsen and a partner are applying for licenses to grow and process marijuana under provisions of the pot legalization law approved by voters in 2012.

Spokane-area business owners see potential in pot

Among more than 500 applications by people wanting to grow, process or sell legal pot in Spokane are those submitted by a former Republican state senator and a high-profile developer of homes and apartments. One of the largest proposals is an indoor grow operation proposed for the former Costco store on East Third Avenue. The venture would be led by Clarence “Cip” Paulsen III and his business associate, former state legislator Brian Murray.