3 applicants so far for retail marijuana licenses in Longview

2013-12-05T20:15:00Z 2014-02-12T21:47:29Z 3 applicants so far for retail marijuana licenses in Longview Longview Daily News

Three businesses have now applied for licenses to sell marijuana in Longview, according to information released this week by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

A company called Canna Bliss has applied to open a store at 1156 Commerce Ave., although city and state regulations may keep it from locating there. Two other businesses — The Green Dream and Westside420 Recreational — have applied to open stores next to each other at 4504 ocean Beach Highway and 4503 Ocean Beach Highway, Suite 103, respectively.

Cowlitz County has been approved for a total of seven cannabis retail stores.

They are among hundreds of entrepreneurs seeking to grow, package or sell marijuana under Washington’s legal marijuana law, approved by voters last year. Businesses have until Dec. 19 to apply for permits, and the liquor control board, which is regulating the new legal market, is releasing the names of the businesses once each week. (So far, only business names, not the names of their owners, are being released.)

State officials will screen the applicants to ensure those behind the operations do not have criminal records. Before any licenses are awarded, regulators will also determine where the enterprises’ startup capital comes from.

Growers, processors and retailers will also be required to follow strict protocols, including the use cameras and alarm systems and carry commercial liability insurance.

Under the law, it’s already legal to possess up to an ounce of cannabis in the state. Washington’s first pot retail stores are expected to open in the spring.

As of this week, 13 businesses have applied to grow marijuana in Cowlitz County. Most have also applied for licenses to package or process the drug into oils, baked goods or other products.

Longview and Kelso currently have in place moratoriums blocking pot-related businesses. Those are expected to be lifted sometime before the spring of next year. In the meantime, state regulators have precluded stores from opening near schools, playgrounds, transit centers and other facilities frequented by children. Longview, Kelso and other cities are in the early stages of putting in place zoning rules that will limit cannabis businesses to mostly industrial zones and thin slivers of existing commercial areas.

Already, the proposed location for Canna Bliss — 1156 Commerce Ave., Longview — may be ruled out by zoning restrictions the city is considering and because it is too close to the RiverCities Transit Center, said Longview Planning Manager Steve Langdon.

Applicants to grow marijuana in Cowlitz County are:

• Lady Earth Botanicals, 144 Morgan Road, Unit A, Toutle. (Two licenses, one for less than 2,000 square feet and another between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet. Also seeking processor licenses.)

• Sundog Farms, 189 Dee Creek Road, Woodland. (Less than 2,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Sunset Gardens, 300 block of Maranatha Road, Kelso. (Less than 2,000 square feet.)

• Cloud 9, 124 Niemi Road, Longview. (Between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Exile LLC, 695 Italian Creek Road, Kalama. (Between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Hilltop Sinsemila, 126 South Vista Way, Kelso. (Between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Delta 9 Growers, 851 California Way, Longview. (Less than 2,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Evergreen Omega, 3935 Sunset Way, Longview. (Less than 2,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Growpro, 430 Ostrander Road, Kelso. (Less than 2,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Bruce’s Green Acre, 537 Sandy Bend Road, Castle Rock. (Between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet.)

• Herban Myth, 281 Mill Creek Road, Longview. (Between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Urban Farms of Washington, 1445 Industrial Way, Building 19-A, Longview. (Between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

• Bondi Farms, 114 Industrial Way, Longview. (Between 10,000 and 30,000 square feet. Also seeking a processor license.)

Tony Lystra covers Kelso city government, Cowlitz County government and environmental issues for The Daily News. Reach him at 360-575-6210 or tlystra@tdn.com

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