Retail marijuana store license lottery begins today
Starting today, the lottery begins to find the first retail marijuana stores in Grays Harbor and Pacific County, and cities across the state.
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.
As of their last update, both counties had 25 applications pending according to the WSLCB. Many of the locations listed for Grays Harbor have either backed out, are under citywide blockages, or have addresses listed that are within 1000 feet of a park.
The rules state that if the WSLCB received more applications than there are stores allowed, the state would use the lottery process to produce a ranked order of applicants.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board told KXRO that the lottery will continue through the week. A list of applicants that receive approval will be released on May 2.
A favorable rank in the lottery won’t guarantee a license. Applicants still have to pass a background check, financial investigation and other requirements before any licenses are issued.
The agency expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July.