SPOKANE, Wash.--The future sale of recreational marijuana in the state of Washington reached a milestone Monday.
The department of revenue started accepting application to grow, process or sell pot. It comes after voters approved I-502 in November of 2013.
Businesses only have one month to apply for a marijuana license. This is just the first step in a process that could take several months for approval.
Sean Green used to work as a real estate appraiser in Spokane. He now runs the medical marijuana business Pacific Northwest Medical. He produces cannabis there.
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“They come in all different flavors. They are really delicious,” said Green.
He has a show room for medical marijuana patients. Green looks to start a new venture. He applied for two new business licenses Monday morning. He applied for pot producer and processor.
Those licenses will allow him to grow and process new plants but they will be solely for recreational purposes under a different business name and in a separate sweet. The law prohibits Green from working as a recreational marijuana retailer.
Scott O’Neil applied for a retailer license. He has a spot already picked out near Francis and Napa for his recreational pot retail shop.
“It meets all the guidelines, we've checked and it's all... it's a good location for it,” said O’Neil.
The state limits the number of I-502 shops.
“There's only seven going to be in Spokane, 18 total in the county. If more than 18 people apply, it’s going to go to a lottery,” said O’Neil.
Green said if he is approved he could have product ready for retailers by late May or early June.
O’Neil said that is when he would be ready to sell.