The application window for hopeful entrepreneurs looking to take part in Washington's new marijuana market closed last week. Now the Washington State Liquor Control Board will begin sifting through applications and granting licenses to grow, process and sell pot. It other words, we're getting there, people. (Colorado, on the other hand, is already issuing licenses.)
The final numbers released by the Washington State Liquor Control Board Tuesday show more than 3,700 applications for producer, processor and retailer licenses. The board plans to license any qualifying producer or processor, but a lottery will determine which qualifying retail applicants get lucky. (Each county has a limit on how many stores will be allowed; Spokane County will get 18.)
It's no surprise that the west side dominates among applicants, but Spokane County won't be left out. Of the applications filed, 169 producer applications were for operation in Spokane County, along with 118 processor applications and 64 retail applications. You can browse the full list — with addresses and an array of fantastic business names — in an excel document available for download here (click "Marijuana License Applicants," about halfway down the list).
Not to discount the importance of what many hope will be a groundbreaking new industry here, but these are among the things applicants hope to name their businesses:
Trail Blazin' Productions
It's A Plant's Life
Buds For Life
Can't Stop Smackin'
Dank's Wonder Emporium
Hard Pot Cafe
Recreational Marijuana King
The Bud Hut
The Bud Lady
The Sticky Icky Shop
Ye Olde Dope Shoppe
The liquor board says it expects to license qualified growers and processors in February or March and stores after that. More about just what applicants had to do to qualify here.
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