OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Revenue started accepting marijuana business requests one week ago. Anyone hoping to grow, process or sell pot has a month to turn in his or her application.
Statewide, the Department of Revenue has seen the majority of people vying to the licenses applying online. One week in, the state has received 780 applications online. Of those, 186 are retailer applications. The state has 334 retail licenses available.
On Tuesday, the state Liquor Control Board plans to release the numbers of applicants by county. There are 18 retail licenses available in Spokane County. Eight will be issued within the city of Spokane, three will go to Spokane Valley and seven additional retail licenses will be issued across the rest of Spokane County.
The Liquor Control Board started processing the applications on Nov. 21, so the deadline to apply is Dec. 19. It typically takes the board between 60-90 days to process a license, so it will roughly take the board two months to issue the licenses. It will likely be February before we learn which business applications are accepted.
One local applicant said his business would be ready to open up shop by late May or early June 2014.