With the City Attorney asking the state for more Seattle stores and a looser interpretation of the “as the crow flies” buffer zones that would prohibit marijuana shops in most of the Emerald City, one entrepreneur has rolled the dice on an application to become Capitol Hill’s first and only legal pot retailer.
The Bud Lady has filed for an I-502 marijuana retailer license at 518 15th Ave E. That’s the address where longtimer North Hill Bakery just shuttered. But don’t get your pot shop hopes too high. CHS reported that Nuflours vegan bakery will be taking over the space in 2014.
We have messages out to Levin Karovsky, the owner listed on the state application for The Bud Lady shop, about his plans. A person who identified herself as a partner in The Bud Lady medical marijuana delivery service said she was not able to comment on the application. We don’t know if the Madison Valley resident is involved with other applications in the area around 23rd and Union. In November, we reported on land owner and entrepreneur Ian Eisenberg’s applications for a possible Uncle Ike’s shop at the intersection. Eisenberg and others have wagered the $250 fee and submitted multiple applications at multiple locations in hopes of scoring one of the 21 stores currently planned to be allotted in the city.
UPDATE: Karovsky tells us he and his business partners including his wife are serious about the application and believe they have identified a parcel in the area of 15th Ave E and E Mercer that “meets the 1000ft buffer zone requirement.”
“Bud Lady is a business concept created by my wife and her friend,” Karovsky writes —
They believed there was a niche market out there where women wanted to do business with women. We also like the idea of serving the Capitol Hill community. I grew up on the Hill and would like to be a part of the community by providing a family owned and women run business.
Earlier, CHS reported on the state’s decision to allocate only 21 stores for the city and its strict “as the crow flies” interpretation of the 1,000-foot buffer that would eliminate any possibility of a pot store opening on Capitol Hill.
The application deadline is Friday, December 20.
Karovsky said he’s not sure what the plan will be for the medical marijuana delivery service if their application isn’t selected.
“We don’t know what will happen with Bud Lady Deliveries if we don’t get a 502 license with the evolving legal requirements,” he writes.
This week, the state also handed down its final recommendations for medicinal marijuana that would eliminate collectives in favor of home grows. It also mirrored existing law around cigarette smoking with its vote to ban pot smoking in bars. Meanwhile, estimates for how much pot Washington residents consume have been bumped higher.