OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Liquor Control Board Wednesday issued the state’s first licenses to produce and process recreational marijuana during a Board meeting at its headquarters in Olympia.
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The licenses were issued to Spokane’s Sean Green who planned to operate his business under the trade name Kouchlock Productions.
“We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Green said. “And freedom is what brought us here.”
Green has run medical marijuana dispensaries in Shoreline and Spokane.
“This is a historic day,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “The hard work and preparation this agency has done has laid the foundation to make this pioneering endeavor a success.”
Kouchlock Productions is now licensed to produce and process recreational marijuana. It holds a restricted tier-three license to produce marijuana initially up to a maximum of 21,000 square feet.
Kouchlock Productions was one of over 2,800 producer license applications being processed by the WSLCB.
“Warm up the presses,” Green said. “You’ve got a lot more licenses to print to get this party started.”
Green said he wanted to bring more attention to the challenges the industry was still facing.
“I urge you to give another push for banking as it stands to be a major obstacle for us,” he said to lawmakers.
Green worried that groups representing financial institutions would be concerned about violating federal law even though the government had outlined policies for them to work in the state’s legal pot industry.
Regardless, Green was hopeful for the future of the industry.
“I’m coming home with jobs, Spokane,” he said as he was leaving Olympia.
The WSLCB said several applicants were ready to receive licenses later in the week. The WSLCB planned to update its list of pending and active marijuana licenses weekly on its website.