As of January 21, 17 businesses have applied for marijuana producer, processor and retail licenses in the Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer area, according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB).
Whatcom County has been allotted a total of 15 marijuana retail licenses, according to the LCB. Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden are eligible for eight licenses, leaving seven for the rest of the county. Those seven businesses will be chosen based on a lottery system out of a total of 76 marijuana applications in Whatcom County. However, to be eligible, each business must meet location criteria, said Blaine community development director Michael Jones.
So far, only one application, Leef, has reached the stage where the state has contacted the city of Blaine, Jones said. The company has applied for a producer and processor license and is likely to be the first marijuana business in the city, according to Jones.
“Quite a few of the people who have applied through the state don’t appear to have a proper business location,” he said.
The new law requires that anyone applying for a marijuana retailer license must be 1,000 feet away from sensitive areas, such as schools, playgrounds, parks, transit centers, recreation centers, libraries or child care centers.
It’s likely that many applicants who have not yet selected a business location listed their home addresses on the application, Jones said.
There is no restriction to the number of marijuana producers and processors, but there is a statewide limit of 2 million square feet for production.
The LCB does not permit processors or producers to hold retail licenses. However, producers may hold processor licenses and vice versa.
Producer and processor licenses will likely be issued in February or March, allowing retail outlets to open in late spring.
“From my understanding, they want to permit the processors and growers first so the retailers have a product to sell,” said Whatcom County planner Nick Smith.
Applications for Birch Bay, Blaine and Custer
Producers and processors:
Tier 1 producer: A production license that allows the business to produce marijuana for sale at wholesale to marijuana processor license holders and to other marijuana producer license holders. Tier 1 production licensees can produce up to 2,000 square feet of dedicated plant canopy.
Green Dreamer: 4835 Birch Lane
Perecan Farm: 6942 Karber Road
Washington Surgical Services: 9867 Markworth Road
Tier 2 producer: A production license that allows the business to produce marijuana for sale at wholesale to marijuana processor license holders and to other marijuana producer license holders. Tier 2 production licensees can produce between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet of dedicated plant canopy.
Kevin Kumar (not listed as a processor): 4051 Sweet Road
Leef: 3210 Peace Portal Drive
Peace Portal Gardens: 2750 Peace Portal Drive
RKK Farms: 4051 Sweet Road
Tier 3 producer: A production license that allows the business to produce marijuana for sale at wholesale to marijuana processor license holders and to other marijuana producer license holders. Tier 3 production licensees can produce between 10,000 and 30,000 square feet of dedicated plant canopy.
Green Ridge Productions: 1768 W. Badger Road, Suite B
Serene Greens LLC: 3591 Birch Bay-Lynden Road
Washington Cannabis Corporation: 9269 Delta Line Road
(Note: Addresses are those provided to the LCB prior to the application deadline and do not necessarily reflect the actual intended retail location. The LCB anticipates numerous updated addresses as the retailer licensing examination process gets underway.)
Fweedom Market: 922-924 Peace Portal Drive
Grateful Green: 4855 Birch Bay Drive
JJF: 4855 Goldstar Drive
JRS Enterprises: 7830 Birch Bay Drive
KNN Management: 8115 Birch Bay Square Street
Pain Management Clinic: 479 12th Street
The Joint: 1733 H Street