Retail marijuana stores issued licenses the day before sales begin, but not locally
Starting Tuesday, you can buy marijuana legally at retail stores across the state.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board today issued the state’s first 24 marijuana retailer licenses.
The closest location to Aberdeen is an hour away in Lacey. Some cities have multiple locations, including 2 of the 3 in Spokane whose buildings are literally across the street from each other.
There are no licenses approved for Grays Harbor, Pacific County, or the Olympic Peninsula and coast. Currently there are 25 applications pending in Grays Harbor, of which only 6 will be allowed initially. In Pacific County, there are 30 pending applications for their 2 locations.
The 24 applicants were notified via email early this morning that they were approved for a license. Once approved, producers and processors can begin paperwork to ship to the stores. Following a 24 hour quarantine, they may begin transporting products to retail stores and selling tomorrow.
Businesses receiving their licenses today represent the first of 334 licenses allotted by the WSLCB for retail sales who have successfully completed the licensing process. Locations receiving licenses were selected by taking into account population, geographic dispersion and the individual applicant’s readiness to be licensed.
A complete listing, including contact information of the new retail licensees, can be found online within the Public Records section of the WSLCB website.