• Initial list of pot retail license lottery posted


    SEATTLE - The state Liquor Control Board has posted the business names and rankings from lotteries for 334 legal marijuana retail licenses, but applicants with a high score still have other requirements they must fulfill if they are to receive the coveted documents required to open their shops in Washington this summer.

     The list of 1,174 was posted Friday after the 75 lotteries that were held April 21-25.

    But a favorable rank in the lottery doesn't guarantee a license. Applicants still have to pass a background check, financial investigation and other requirements before any licenses are actually issued. Stores must have a location that is not within 1,000 feet of a school, park or other area specified by Initiative 502 as places where children congregate.

    See a list of the license lottery winners here  (Excel file will download).

      See a map of Seattle pot store lottery winners here.

    The first retail sales are expected to begin in July.

    The state will license 21 stores in Seattle. KIRO 7 looked through the businesses assigned top rankings in the lottery and found some complications. 

    The same address on 4th Avenue South in Seattle is listed for three different businesses. 

    The business that got the top lottery ranking in Seattle is on Delridge Way Southwest, right next to a child care center that recently opened.  Because of the 1,000 foot buffer, a recreational marijuana store at the location is unlikely to be allowed. 

    John Davis of Northwest Patient Resource Center did not win the lottery for a retail license. 

    Davis does not plan to buy out a winning business but expects there will be a lot of big money deals between lottery winners and losers. 

    "A number of people that put in applications are really gaming the system," Davis said.

    Liquor Board officials say in cases where multiple applicants won for the same address, businesses will have the opportunity to move to an approved location.

    Some in the pot industry predict confusion and lawsuits.

     More than 2,000 people initially applied for licenses the state planned to issue under the recreational pot law adopted by voters in 2012. The board began pre-screening the applicants in February, and of that number 1,174 applicants were included in the lottery. 

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