With business booming in Colorados new legal pot shops, a license for a retail pot store in Washington state is a coveted prize, a golden ticket, said pot entrepreneur John Davis.
Look no further than the 2,035 applications, and counting, heaped upon state officials for just 334 proposed shops. For qualified applicants who make it through the states vetting process, a lottery awaits to pick winners.
The culling has started. State marijuana licensing manager Becky Smith told Liquor Control Board members last week that many retail applicants were disqualified at first glance because their proposed locations were in residences or did not comply with the state law requiring a 1,000-foot buffer from venues frequented by youth.
Still, concerns about fairness remain, as the state sifts through more than 6,600 producer, processor and retail pot-license applications, an abundance that wasnt anticipated by the states top consultant, Mark Kleiman, who quipped several times last year, What if we threw a legalization and nobody came?