The intersection of local, state, and federal concerns has made finding spaces for retail pot a challenge on Capitol Hill. A new project being lined up on E Olive Way may expand the Hill’s options. You’ll find some cannabis-familiar names behind it.
John Davis, a longtime marijuana advocate and regulator in the Seattle area, confirmed to CHS that he is making plans for a new venture in a recently sold office building in the 1400 block of E Olive Way neighboring The Crescent. Davis declined further comment at this time. A new application for marijuana retail and medical marijuana licenses filed October 20th for the address lists a business name of Northwest Cannabis.
Another familiar character in PNW pot is also in the mix.
King County property records show that the office building sold in September to Seattle pot entrepreneur Ian Eisenberg. The Uncle Ike’s owner paid more than $2 million for the two-story, 1967-era property.
How does it all fit together?
CHS is working it out. It’s possible Davis and Eisenberg are partnering. Also possible: another preemptive strike by the acquisitive owner behind Uncle Ike’s similar to the situation that developed around his shop on 15th Ave E. The Capitol Hill Uncle Ike’s opened in October 2016 after Eisenberg purchased the former veterinary clinic on the corner where his competitor was planning to open his own pot shop. That purchase cost him $1.5 million, by the way. The same holding company is listed on the paperwork for the E Olive Way purchase.
Eisenberg declined to comment on the property deal. Uncle Ike’s is a longtime CHS advertiser.
Davis, meanwhile, previously headed the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics in Washington, chaired Hempfest, and owned the Northwest Patient Resource Center. The guy’s been working in drug policy for two decades.He’s now on the National Cannabis Industry Association board. Davis previously spoke with KUOW about working with the state liquor board before pot became legal.