State Liquor Control Board to Review Applications
The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) released the first list of applications filed for marijuana producers, processors and retailers that included two applications for retail licenses in Kirkland. The applicants, Biloxi Green LLC and McCormack Green, both submitted retail license applications for the property located at 1818 Market Street. This is currently the only property in Kirkland for which an application has been filed. No other properties in Kirkland have had applications filed. Kirkland was allocated a maximum of two retail outlets by the WSLCB. There have been no applications for marijuana producers or processors filed within the Kirkland city limits at this time.
The 30 day application period began November 18 and is scheduled to continue until December 19, 2013. During that time, additional applications may be submitted after which the WSLCB will conduct a review of all applications. It is anticipated that applications will take several months to review. “Kirkland’s zoning code does allow for retail uses in the proposed location and it appears to meet the WSLCB’s criteria for retail outlets. The State Liquor Control Board will have final say as to whether the location is allowed under their rules” said Eric Shields, Kirkland’s Director of Planning and Community Development. Once the WSLCB approves the license and location, the operator will need to submit an application for a City of Kirkland business license that is reviewed by City officials for compliance with local regulations.
Initiative 502 was approved by Washington voters in November 2012. The initiative provides for legalization of recreational marijuana for personal use. The State Liquor Control Board is responsible for adopting and administering rules governing the production and sale of recreational marijuana and reviews and issues licenses to qualified applicants. A limited number of retail licenses were allocated to cities and counties in Washington. Based on population, Kirkland was allocated two retail licenses. The City Council decided to accommodate state licensed marijuana businesses under the City’s existing adopted zoning regulations.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board will accept public comment on proposed licenses. Comments should include the trade name, license number and address of the business (available at http://www.liq.wa.gov/records/frequently-requested-lists) and can be sent to Washington State Liquor Control Board, Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 43098, Olympia, WA 98504-3098.
For more information on Initiative 502 rules and licensing requirements, visit http://liq.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502. For information about the City’s zoning regulations, visit http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/planning/I502.htm.