Washington marijuana retail lottery winners announced

Brent Miller poses for a photo with marijuana plants ready to harvest in one of the grow rooms of his medical marijuana grow operation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Brent Miller poses for a photo with marijuana plants ready to harvest in one of the grow rooms of his medical marijuana grow operation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (KOIN) — Marijuana retail shops will begin popping up in Washington soon, but where, and who runs them, depends on luck.

Friday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board announced results of marijuana retail store lotteries for 1,174 applicants.

However, a lottery win does not guarantee a license will be issued.

Seventy-five independent, double-blind lotteries took place between April 21 and April 25 and 334 businesses wre listed as of Friday.

Applicants must next pass a criminal record and credit check, and the proposed location must be further than 1,000 feet from a school, park or place where children congregate.

As of April 30, 2014, 25 producer and processor licenses have been issued, but more retail licences will be issued the first week of July.

Lottery winner Brandon Brock said he will be the only licensed retailer in Washougal, Wash. if he meets all of the requirements because he will be the only store allowed in the city.

“I’m already a big employer here, I’m just excited my name got drawn,” he said.

“That puts me first in line for the interview process, which will look into your background, your financials, your business plan.”

However, marijuana retail sales are still banned in Washougal and other cities, including Vancouver, Wash. until more rules are established.

 

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