Details of the lawsuit brought by Mount Calvary Christian Center against 23rd and Union pot retailer Uncle Ike’s, the state liquor board and the City of Seattle reveal the Central District church’s strategy and shine light onto the business dealings behind Seattle’s second I-502 retail marijuana shop.
Last week, CHS reported on early word of the lawsuit brought against the retailer after less than a month of (very good) business at the corner. In filings with the King County Superior Court, lawyers for Mount Calvary claim that Ike’s proximity to its Joshua Generation Teen Center should have disqualified the I-502 retail application from Ian Eisenberg and his business partners to open at 23rd and Union:
The suit also claims that the church was not given notice of the Ike’s application:
The church may have a case on this front. CHS first reported on Eisenberg’s hopes to acquire a license via the state’s lottery way back in early 2013 but when the state winners were announced this summer, Eisenberg didn’t make the cut. But by late September, Uncle Ike’s, a CHS advertiser, was suddenly ready to get down to business. Eisenberg told CHS he was able to work out an “oh my fucking god” expensive deal to acquire a portion of another company that did luck out in the liquor board’s summer pot license lottery. Eisenberg declined to identify the business partner. The liquor board says that it allows lottery winners to work with the state on changing locations.
Though Eisenberg declined to identify his partners, the legal filings related to the case have brought his co-owners into light. According to an application record from the state, Eisenberg owns one-third of the limited liability corporation behind Ike’s, cheekily named Neighborhood Improvement, LLC. The second third belongs to KC Franks, a man who was somehow lucky enough to win the state’s lottery for two Seattle locations — 112 S Mead and 4919 17th Ave NW. The final third is owned by Patrick Hynes who has been part of a Fremont-based “patient co-op.”
Lawyers for the church included the state application material in which the Uncle Ike’s company indicated it was not located near a youth-oriented facility:
The complaint also identifies the new parklet at 25th and Union as a “park for public use” that is within the 1000-foot buffer.
Meanwhile, the complainants also make a freedom of religion claim in the suit:
The case does not yet include a response from Uncle Ike’s, the state or the City of Seattle.
You can see the full complaint, below.
UPDATE (10/30 – 10 AM): CHS has obtained the letter that the state liquor board sent to the mayor’s office to notify the city that Uncle Ike’s was applying for a marijuana retail license at 23rd and Union. The letter is dated July 25th. According to a liquor board official, the mayor’s office did not respond to the letter within the required 20 day window, so the application was allowed to move forward. The state is not required to give any further notification regarding pending marijuana retail licenses under I-502.