State receives pot-growing, retailing applications from Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds

Legal marijuana is coming to South Snohomish County, and at least for the city of Lynnwood, it could be coming in a big way.

An application submitted to the Washington State Liquor Control Board by Hempalayas, a Lynnwood-based business, seeks approval for a large wholesale growing operation of up to 30,000 square feet. That’s more than double the area contained within a standard quarter-mile running track like the one at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Producers fall into three sub-categories or “tiers,” depending on the size of the proposed operation. Tier 1 (small producer) is for 2,000 square feet or less of planted area. Tier 2 (medium producer) is 2,001-10,000 square feet, and tier 3 (large producer) is 10,001 to 30,000 square feet. The Hempalayas application falls into this latter category.

Hempalayas has also applied for a processor license, which would allow it to process, package and label usable marijuana and marijuana-infused products for sale at wholesale to marijuana retailers.

Two businesses apparently unrelated to Hempalayas but also based in Lynnwood have applied for retail sales licenses, 420 Hash and C & C Shop, LLC.
In Mountlake Terrace, Buddha Consulting has applied for both a small-scale (tier 1, less than 2,000 square feet) producer license and a processor license. No retail applications have been received from Mountlake Terrace.

Slanted Eyes, an Edmonds-based business, submitted an application for retail sales. No producer or processor license applications have been received from Edmonds.

As of Nov. 26, the Board had received 433 applications statewide for marijuana producer licenses, 48 of these from Snohomish County; 327 processor licenses, 35 from Snohomish County; and 158 retail licenses, 13 from Snohomish County. The Board updates the list every Tuesday, and makes it available as a public record here.

The State Liquor Control Board has been accepting applications since Nov. 20. The 30-day application period closes on Dec. 19. The board will then review the applications and in each case determine whether to accept or reject. Once an application is accepted, the board will inform the local governmental authority of the city or county in which the proposed business is located. The local authority has 20 days to respond.

“So far we’ve not received any notifications, and I’m not aware of any local jurisdictions who have,” said Rob Chave, Director of Development Services for the City of Edmonds. “With the application period ending on Dec.19, and the subsequent review of each application at the state level, I’m not expecting these until several weeks into 2014 at the earliest.”

The board also accepts public comment on any proposed application. Comments should include the trade name, license number and address of the business (these are all available at the public record link above) and may be sent to:
Washington State Liquor Control Board
Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 43098
Olympia, WA 98504-3098

More information on evaluation criteria and other considerations for budding pot businesses in Washington State may be found at the Liquor Control Board website here.

— By Larry Vogel


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