Number of marijuana license applications soar in Bothell

The passage of Initiative-502 last year  decriminalized marijuana in Washington. - Reporter file art
The passage of Initiative-502 last year decriminalized marijuana in Washington.
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The Washington State Liquor Control Board continues to update a long list of applicants hoping to sell, produce or process marijuana in Bothell.

There were seven new applicants last week, making a total of 15 applicants in the city.

Owners of Pot of Gold Organics wants to produce marijuana at 18614 34th Ave. SE and Bohemian Enterprises, Inc. wants to produce and process it at 22722 29th Dr. SE, Ste 100, Absolem Blue at 10130 Main St. Those recently applying for retailer licenses include the Herbal Center at 19302 Bothell,  Everett Highway, Absolem Blue at 10130 Main St., Harmony Day at 2513 28th PL SE, Papa Bear's Auto Center at 20702 Bothell-Everett Hwy and the Rocky Mountain High at 11801 NE 160th St.

Six applications are for residential homes in Bothell.

The owners of Clean Green - WA Organic Cannibis applied to process and produce medical marijuana at 233rd Street SE; Kibble Junction LLC wanted to produce marijuana at 105th Ave. NE; Pineapple Zack Medical wants to produce at 225th Place SW; BMF Enterprises hopes to sell marijuana at 5th Place W.; Recreational Marijuana King employees want to sell it from Woodinville Drive; and Awesome Green owners applied to sell marijuana at 240th Place S.E. Bothell.

Owners of Urth Aid and the Herbal Cleaner both applied to for licenses at the address of 19302 Bothell Everett Highway. Urth Aid owners hope to process marijuana there, while owners of the The Herbal Cleaner want to sell marijuana at the business location.

None of last month's applicants fit city commercial zoning or marijuana buffer laws with the addresses they listed in their application.

City of Bothell attorney Joe Beck said the city looks at marijuana applications with the same zoning rules they do for any other business.

"We haven't enacted or made any new changes specifically for marijuana businesses," he said. "We have reviewed five applications so far and none that we've seen are in a properly zoned station or if they are, they are constrained by the buffers established by Initiative 502."

The board may take between 60 and 90 days to go through the licensing process for each application.

Operating and floor plans, personal and criminal history statement, fingerprint cards, identification, business structure forms, lease information, purchase agreements, source of funds statement, copies of bank statements and affidavits are all documents the board will be sifting through during this time.

At some point in the licensing process, the Liquor Control Board will notify the city or local authority that a marijuana license application was submitted for that city. The city then has 20 days to respond with an approval, objection or no response letter for each individual application.

After the city sends the Liquor Control Board their letter, the board will return to their investigation and if the license is approved, the city will be notified again. If the business meets the city’s criteria then the business will need to apply for a business license with the city, another sometimes lengthy process.

After a final inspection is done by a Liquor Control Board officer, a lottery will be done for those business owners who have listed the same address as their hopeful marijuana store location.

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