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Marijuana grow approved in Kingston

The state approved a fourth recreational marijuana grow for North Kitsap this week.

Producer and processor Greenleaf Growers will be located in a business park at 26178 United Road, off Bond Road, according to Liquor and Cannabis Board records.

Greenleaf is the 14th producer/processor licensed in the county.

Here’s my new and improved map of licensed marijuana businesses in the county (zoom in to see individual locations):

Kingston-based CB’s Nuts featured in WSJ

cbnuts3_18377479_ver1.0_640_480A simple business strategy landed CB’s Nuts in the pages of The Wall Street Journal.

The Kingston-based company’s peanut butter was featured in art accompanying a story about food makers marketing products that incorporate a small number of ingredients.

It’s hard to get simpler than CB’s Nuts peanut butter, which uses just one ingredient. (Spoiler alert: It’s peanuts.)

“That’s part of the beauty of our products,” said CB’s Nuts President Tami Bowen told me during a recent interview. “They’re really simple, they’re low input, they’re fresh, they’re clean, so they have a really broad appeal.”

cbnuts2_18377478_ver1.0_640_480Much, much larger corporations are adopting a similar philosophy, according to the WSJ’s Anne Marie Chaker.

Industry juggernauts Hershey Co., ConAgra and General Mills are all pushing products with fewer additives, and using slimmed-down ingredients lists as a marketing tool.

“Instead of burying ingredient lists in the fine print on the back of the package, food manufacturers are trumpeting simpler formulas prominently on the label’s front,” Chaker writes. Read the full story here.

In other CB’s Nuts news, you may have noticed a Northwest-themed mural painted on a storage container outside the company’s Bond Road headquarters.

Malolo Design (also based in Kingston) posted a cool time-lapse video showing the creation of the mural earlier this year:

Kingston is getting a marijuana store

Tiki Green Cannabis will be located in a business park on Bond Road
Green Tiki Cannabis will be located in a business park on Bond Road

Kingston is in line for its first recreational marijuana store after the state gave approval this week to a shop called Green Tiki Cannabis.

Green Tiki will open temporarily at 26099 United Road, in a business park off Bond Road.

But owner Christie Stanley, who lives in Kingston, told me she plans to move the shop to a more customer-friendly location at the corner of Miller Bay Road and Highway 104.

Stanley previously operated a medical marijuana dispensary in Tacoma. Green Tiki Cannabis in Kingston has a medical marijuana endorsement.

(Click here for a map of medically-endorsed marijuana shops in the county.)

Green Tiki is the 18th recreational marijuana store licensed in Kitsap, and the first approved north of Poulsbo. The Liquor and Cannabis Board plans to issue up to 20 licenses in the county, meaning there are two more up for grabs.

One of those unclaimed licenses was allocated to Bainbridge Island, so only one more store will be approved on the peninsula.

Grower moving to Bainbridge

In other marijuana news, the state gave the OK for a producer and processor to move to Bainbridge Island.

Landseye Logistics will share a space with Way Kool at 8040 Day Road W, next to the Paper & Leaf retail store. Landseye was previously licensed in North Bend, according to state records.

Here’s an updated map of state-licensed marijuana businesses in Kitsap:

Yet another pot store coming to Port Orchard

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How many legal marijuana stores can one town support?

It sure looks like we’ll find out in Port Orchard.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board approved an eighth shop for the Port Orchard area last week (see inset image).

The latest licensee is 21+ Recreational Marijuana, located at 3598 Bethel Road SE.

The address appears to be across the road from Walmart and next door to Legal Marijuana Superstore, a retailer approved back in December. 

The state has issued 17 marijuana retail licenses in Kitsap, bringing the county closer to its allotted cap of 20. 

Two more licenses can be issued in the county at large, and one more can be issued on Bainbridge Island.

The city of Bremerton reached its cap of four retail licenses in April.

Grower approved in Hansville

The board also licensed a marijuana producer and processor in North Kitsap last week.

The Organic Weedman will be located at 7990 NE Ecology Drive near the Hansville transfer station.

Twelve producer/processors and one standalone processor have been licensed in the county thus far.

Marijuana grow licensed in North Kitsap

The Liquor and Cannabis board approved a recreational marijuana business last week for a space at Twelve Trees Business Park in North Kitsap.

The new producer/processor is called Sound Extracts.

It’s the twelfth marijuana production company licensed in the county. Unlike retail licenses, there is no cap on the number of producer and processor licenses the state will approve.

Monday tour will connect local food producers and buyers

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The state Department of Agriculture will host a tour in Kitsap and Jefferson counties Monday with the aim of uniting local food producers and food buyers.

The tour bus will visit at farms, a grocery store, restaurants, a brewery and a regional food hub. At each stop, industry professionals will discuss their experiences and offer tips for success.

“It’s an opportunity for buyers to get to know farms, but also farms to get to know the market opportunities available to them,” Raymond said.

Click on the flyer for more event information or check out this website for full details.

Farm Kitchen is phasing out its popular First Saturday breakfasts

farmkitchen04_21695950_ver1.0_640_480Farm Kitchen’s First Saturday Breakfast is a monthly tradition for many North Kitsap residents. This spring, that tradition will come to a close.

Farm Kitchen announced this week it will discontinue its popular monthly breakfasts after May.

Co-owner Anne Thatcher said Farm Kitchen’s other ventures are blossoming and they no longer have the energy and resources to keep the breakfasts going.

“It’s just time to close that chapter in our business,” Thatcher said.

Thatcher and co-owner Hollis Fay began offering breakfasts at the Port Gamble Road farmyard 17 years ago. These days the event draws as many as 400 guests each month.

farmkitchen06_21695952_ver1.0_640_480“The hard part is how very much we’ll miss seeing all our regulars on a regular basis,” Thatcher said. “That’s the sad thing to us.”

The final two breakfasts will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, April 2 and May 7. No reservations needed.

Breakfast regulars can still find Farm Kitchen fare at coffee shops and cafés in the area (there’s a listing here). The farm also rents out a commercial kitchen, and hosts weddings and other events.

Thatcher said its possible Farm Kitchen will offer occasional breakfasts in the future. You can check the the business’s page on Facebook for updates.

Read our feature on the Farm Kitchen breakfasts here.  Photos by Meegan Reid / Kitsap Sun.

 

Port Townsend marijuana processor moving to Kingston

A marijuana processor established in Port Townsend is moving to Kingston.

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board approved a location change for processor THC Express on Wednesday.

THC Express was located off Highway 20, just south of Port Townsend. It will shift its operation to a business park at  26121 Calvary Lane, off Bond Road.

 

THC Express is the 22nd recreational marijuana business in Kitsap, joining the county’s 10 established producer/processors and 11 retailers. It’s the first in the county to hold only a processor license. Other processors in Kitsap are also licensed as producers (growers).

In other cannabis news, retail sales of recreational marijuana dipped slightly in January, according to state records.

Click here for more marijuana industry posts.

These are Kitsap’s highest grossing marijuana shops

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Pacific Cannabis on Callow Avenue. Josh Farley photo.

Kitsap County’s legal marijuana marketplace is still in its infancy, but total sales now easily top $1 million each month and are growing rapidly.

The handful of shops approved over the summer are just beginning to compete with the four established stores opened last year. The Suquamish Tribe is expected to open a store within the next month.

Some of those new stores quickly climbed the ranks of top grossing marijuana businesses in the county.

Here’s a look at the top five recreational marijuana stores in Kitsap County in September, based on total sales reported: 

  1. HWY 420, Bremerton — $305,616
  2. Crock Pot, Port Orchard — $254,148
  3. Paper & Leaf, Bainbridge Island — $243,724*
  4. Greenway, Port Orchard — $164,788
  5. Pacific Cannabis Company, Bremerton — $161,890*

(* Opened in June 2015 or later.)

Sales reported by legal marijuana businesses are actually available for public inspection, for anyone who wants to spend a lot of time staring at Excel spreadsheets.

The state Liquor and Cannabis board publishes revenue so banks can check money deposited by marijuana businesses against revenue being reported to the state and flag potential fraud. Whether marijuana businesses can find a bank to take their money is another story.

The graphic below gives a more in-depth view of marijuana sales trends in the county:

Chico timberland offered at auction

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A 150-acre timber tract in Central Kitsap is up for auction in November.

The land, located west of the Chico Way/Highway 3 interchange, is being offered by Realty Marketing Northwest with a published reserve price of $625,000. Bids are due Nov. 18.

The sale “provides the opportunity to own a highly-productive tree farm, with the added benefit of potential view home sites,” according to the listing in the auction catalog. The property is zoned rural residential.

Assessor’s records show the land is owned by Port Blakely Tree Farms. Once a major landowner in the county, Port Blakely sold large swaths of its Kitsap timberland to Craig Ueland in the past decade.