No pot store in Sammamish
May 5, 2014
New: May 5, 1:56 p.m.
Add marijuana to the list of things you’ll need to leave Sammamish to purchase.
The state Liquor Control Board released the results of its lottery for retail licenses May 2. The city was allotted a single license for a legal retail marijuana store. Two applied for it, but neither made it through the prescreening process.
The closest stores to Sammamish are likely to be in Issaquah and Redmond.
Issaquah has a single license allotted to it, and the winner of the lottery is Weedhouse, which hopes to locate at 255 N.W. Juniper Street.
Redmond has two licenses allotted to it. The top two locations drawn in Redmond’s lottery are The Grass is Always Greener at 7867 Leary Way N.E. and W&L Holdings at 8210 Avondale Ave. N.E.
Any of those stores are a long way from opening. The Liquor Control Board must process the business license for each location; it expects to issue the first licenses in early July. If one lottery winner fails to receive a license, the board will move down the list to the next location. Then, the business must also comply with each city’s business and zoning laws.
Sammamish will be difficult for most pot businesses. The initiative that made marijuana legal also stated it could not be within 1,000 feet of a park, school, or other such places. All of Sammamish’s commercialy zoned land falls within those areas.
In addition, the city has placed a temporary ban on any marijuana stores while it develops regulations for such enterprises.
Sammamish’s license will remain alloted to the city. At some point, the liquor control board will re-open the application process.