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The former federal inmate had been fighting to keep hold of his cannabis production/processing license after early investors sued, alleging nonpayment of promised business profits. A judge this month approved a sale to a Western Washington business owner, but it will require approval by state authorities and could mean the end of cannabis production in the old Costco building downtown.
Cip Paulsen, the former federal inmate who obtained one of the county’s first licenses to legally grow marijuana, had his business stripped by the courts in November. A bid to take it back was shot down Tuesday, though Paulsen has other legal options available.
A new drug arrest and a lawsuit brought by dissatisfied investors could cost Cip Paulsen, who spent nine years in federal prison for his involvement in a cocaine ring, his licensed marijuana business in Spokane.
Doug Clark took a field trip to the old Costco building on Third Avenue and found a legalized pot bonanza run by cocaine convict Cip Paulsen.
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.
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.