Washington State Liquor Control Board releases lottery results for marijuana retail stores

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today posted the results of marijuana retail store lotteries on the public records section of its website. Earlier this week applicants were notified of their standing on each ranked-ordered list produced by 75 lotteries.

The independent, double-blind process took place April 21-25 and produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores allotted for that jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the WSCLB will withdraw the application and move to the next license application on the list.

At one of its regular meetings in February, Redmond City Council voted 7-0 to extend the city’s current moratorium on all marijuana regulations for another six months, according to a Redmond Reporter article.

Today, three Redmond retail applicants are listed in the lottery results on the WSLCB website: The Grass is Always Greener (7867 Leary Way N.E.), W&L Holdings (8210 Avondale Ave. N.E.) and Diamond Medical (8771 148th Ave. N.E.). They are the top-three ranked businesses; Redmond is allotted two potential retail spots.  

In February's Reporter story, Deborah Farris, a code enforcement officer for the City of Redmond, said with the way the city is laid out and zoned, “there’s no retail (space) where they could go” that would meet the 1,000-foot buffer criteria. However, there are a few areas throughout the city where production or processing businesses could go, she said.

The state has regulated a 1,000-foot buffer zone between a marijuana-related business and schools, public parks, child care centers and other establishments where children gather in large groups. In developing the City of Redmond's marijuana-related policies, one of the options staff is looking at is modifying this to include 1,000-foot buffers from all residential areas (including the residential areas themselves) and unlicensed child care centers. The latter would also be added to the list of prohibited areas. In addition, there would be a required 1,000-foot separation between marijuana-related uses.

Jurisdictions requiring a lottery

1,174 applicants were included in the lottery75 jurisdictions required a lottery47 jurisdictions did not require a lotteryThe agency contracted with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center of Washington State University and the accounting firm for Washington’s Lottery, Kraght-Snell of Seattle, to independently produce rank-ordered lists of applicants in each jurisdiction where a lottery is necessary. Being identified as the apparent successful applicant is not a guarantee that the selected applicant will receive a license. There are multiple requirements for licensure such as the applicant must pass a criminal history and financial investigation as well as have a location that is not within 1,000 feet of a school, park or other area specified by Initiative 502 as places where children congregate.

Next steps

The agency has begun processing the retail applications. Licensing staff will continue to process producer, processor and retailer simultaneously. As of April 30, the WSLCB has issued 25 producer and processor licenses. The agency expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July.

The Reporter will follow up on this story for its May 9 issue.


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