It appears a handful local business are hoping to take part in the new recreational marijuana trade, judging from a list of applicants released Nov. 26 by the Liquor Control Board (LCB).
Accessible on the board’s website and updated every Tuesday, the list shows those who have applied for production, processing and retail licenses, sorted by county, including the name of the business and the intended location of the facility.
Though no retail licenses have yet been applied for in Lewis County, multiple businesses have applied to produce and process marijuana (some have applied for both) and all, so far, have been in unincorporated areas of either Lewis or Cowlitz County.
The following is a list of such businesses, the licenses they have applied for and the location of their facility:
(Note: when a production license is referred to by tiers, it is a reference to the anticipated size of the facility. Tier 1 is fewer than 2,000 square feet, Tier 2 is between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet, and Tier 3 is between 10,000 and 30,000 square feet.)
Triple K Ranch, located on the 700 block of Spencer Rd., east of Toledo, applied for a Tier 3 production license and a processing license.
Nivia Enterprises, located on the 100 block of Blake Rd., south of Toledo, applied for a Tier 2 production license.
Bruce’s Green Acre, located on the 500 block of Sandy Bend Rd., south of Castle Rock, applied for a Tier 2 production license.
Aaron’s Original, located on the 100 block of Rarey Rd., northeast of Winlock, applied for a Tier 2 production license and a processing license.
The most prolific applicant in the surrounding area, so far, has been Forbidden Farms, located on the 200 block of Boistfort-Winlock Rd., about 20 minutes west of Winlock. Forbidden Farms applied for three Tier 3 production licenses and one processing license.
Not on the list, though very much expected to be, was Brandon Milton, who had applied for a Vader-based production and processing facility under the company name Atlas, the anticipation of which has caused deeply-divided debates in Vader over the last several weeks.
LCB Spokesman Mikhail Tartenper said it has not been uncommon for certain applicants to submit either incomplete or miscategorized information on their applications, such as listing the address of their business rather than the address of their intended facility, and said such errors would exclude them from the published list, at least until they are corrected.
Milton said he has not been informed of any such errors on his application as of yet, and speculated his application may still be in the possession of Business Licensing Services (the state agency applications submit to initially) and may not be in the hands of LCB just yet.
To view the list of applicants, as well as find updates each Tuesday, go to http://lcb.wa.gov/records/frequently-requested-lists and select Marijuana License Applications. And remember, those who use this information to threaten, intimidate or harass applicants will be prosecuted by law enforcement.