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Five stores could be selling recreational pot in South Kitsap
In the near future, at least five stores could be selling recreational marijuana in South Kitsap — three or four of those stores could be in Port Orchard.
On May 2, the state’s Liquor Control Board announced the results of marijuana retail store lotteries to the public. Out of the 40 lotteries applicants for at-large stores in Kitsap County, 25 have Port Orchard addresses.
According to the Liquor Control Board, there is a quota of 10 for marijuana stores to be located in Kitsap County — two in Bremerton, one in Bainbridge Island and seven throughout the county.
“It appears four of the top 15 are in the city,” said Port Orchard Development Director Nick Bond.
Because there was so many applications, the Liquor Control Board had to hold multiple lotteries. Last week, the applicants were notified of their standing on each ranked-ordered list produced by 75 lotteries that were conducted by Washington State University and verified by independent auditor, according to the news release.
The Liquor Control Board reported 1,174 applicants were included in the lottery and that 75 jurisdictions required a lottery while 47 jurisdictions did not require a lottery.
The agency posted the business names and rankings from lotteries for 334 legal marijuana retail licenses for the state on its website. The applicants who passed were entered into the lottery and ranked by draw. Being named on the list does not guarantee a license.
Among the top seven lottery results with proposed Port Orchard addresses are:
• No. 2, Crockpot, 1703 SE Sedgwich Rd.
• No. 4, Legal Marijuana Superstore, 4211 Feigley Rd. West
• No. 5, Greenx3, 1460 SE Sedgwich Rd.
• No. 6, Greenway, 4851 Geigher Rd. SE
• No. 7, T&D Enterprises, 6307 Bethel Rd. SE
The four stores located in the city are Crockpot, GreenX3, Greenway, and G4 Partners, which would be located at 1283 SE Sedgwich Rd.
In November, Bond told the council it was possible that the city could have one, maybe two stores selling recreational marijuana.
“A city business license will be issued for recreational marijuana uses that fully comply with state and local laws,” he said.
The pre-evaluation process included verification of owners’ personal criminal history, their age being 21 or older, that they are state residents, that their business was formed in the state, and that they have a location address with a right to real property.
The 75 lotteries took place April 21-25, and produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process.
The 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 areas specified by Initiative 502 as places where children congregate.
If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores allotted for that jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the Liquor Control Board will withdraw the application and move to the next license application on the list.
The agency has begun processing the retail applications. Licensing staff will continue to process producers, processors and retailers simultaneously. As of April 30, the Liquor Control Board has issued 25 producer and processor licenses.
The agency announced it will begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July.
Four of the 40 applicants in the lottery — Legal Marijuana Superstore, MJ’s, Kitsap Marijuana Connection and Pacific Cannabis Company — listed their address as 4211 Feigley Rd. West, near Gorst. Kitsap Management and JCB Management are listed at 200 Bravo Terrance (near Dairy Queen), while Mari Jane’s, along with Greenx3, are listed at 1460 SE Sedgwich Rd., near the Bethel Road intersection.
Mikhail Carpenter, director of communications for the Liquor Control Board, said the reason there are the multiple applications at the same address is because landlords have signed a letter of intent with several applicants.
“Applicants had to have the landlord sign a letter of intent to rent or lease space in a building for the application process,” said Carpenter. “In some instances, one landlord was approached by different applicants.”
Carpenter said applicants ranked in the lottery face a rigorous background check concerning matters including criminal backgrounds, financial resources and the viability of a business plan.