Olympic Peninsula seeing first legal marijuana licenses
As licenses continue to be issued for marijuana producers and processors, the legal industry is getting closer to Grays Harbor.
Only 10 licenses have been activated throughout the state, none in Grays Harbor or Pacific County.
The most recent producer list shows a license for Highwater Farms in Shelton and Tropic Grow in Sequim as the only licenses on the Olympic Peninsula.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board told KXRO that the lottery to select applicants for marijuana retail licenses will take place April 21-25, and will produce a list of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process.
Grays Harbor is allowed 6 retail locations total; 1 in Aberdeen, 1 in Hoquiam, 1 in Ocean Shores, and 3 others in other areas. Only 2 stores are allowed in Pacific County.
The rules state that if the WSLCB receives more applications for a jurisdiction than there are stores allocated the state would use a lottery process for producing a ranked order of applicants.
Both counties have 25 applications pending according to the WSLCB. At least half of the locations listed for Grays Harbor have either backed out, are under citywide blockages, or have addresses within 1000 feet of a park.
The WSLCB is expected to post the ordered list of applicants for each jurisdiction in the public records section of the agency website on May 2, 2014.
The agency expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July.