The Liquor Control Board has released a roster of the first wave of applicants in a 30-day window for entrepreneurs to sign up for the privilege of producing, processing or retailing legal marijuana in the liberty-blessed State of Washington.
In all, CHS counts 88 line items in the database for applicants within Seattle’s city limits — though there are a few players dealing in with multiple hands. A map of the initial Seattle applicants is below. CHS reported previously that rules would eliminate a retail opportunity on Capitol Hill — the city’s densest, dankest, likely most appreciative of I-502 neighborhood. Meanwhile, we predicted a possible “Little Amsterdam” to emerge at 23rd and Union. The first applicants fulfilled the prediction with two entities filling the area with a handful of applications for the area. One of those entities — Uncle Ike’s — is backed by 23rd/Union landowner and business owner Ian Eisenberg. How the board’s lottery for areas with multiple applicants will work isn’t entirely clear nor is how the board will vet the applications for elements like leases and rental agreements. A “letter of intent” requirement was relaxed during the process, one applicant told CHS.
Applications will be accepted through mid-December with the first licenses scheduled to be issued in February. The first stores are expected to be open by the start of summer.
The full map of the initial Seattle applicants is below.