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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:

These 14 stores in Kitsap have medical marijuana endorsements

The state’s medical marijuana overhaul law took effect Friday, meaning unlicensed dispensaries in Kitsap should by now be shuttered.

Medical marijuana patients have the option of registering for a state database, which allows them to buy products from recreational marijuana stores without paying the heavy sales tax, among other benefits.

B0014002263--432412To sell to those patients, recreational marijuana stores must obtain a special endorsement from the state.

As of Tuesday, 14 of Kitsap County’s 17 licensed retail stores had received the endorsement, according to Liquor and Cannabis Board records.

Click here for a statewide map of locations.

The Suquamish Tribe’s Agate Dreams store also will begin serving medical marijuana patients later this month, a store employee said Friday.

The state scrambled to get the medical marijuana patient database operational in time for the July 1 deadline. The database went live Friday, but the Department of Health warned some stores may not be ready to input patient information or issue “recognition” cards.

In addition to sales tax-free purchases, these are the other benefits provided to patients who register for the medical marijuana database:

  • Purchase up to three times the current legal limit for recreational users.
  • Purchase high-THC infused products.
  • Grow more than four plants in their residence.
  • Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative defense.

Two pot stores approved for same Port Orchard shopping center

PO.pot.storesSoon shoppers will be able to look out the window of one Port Orchard marijuana store and see another marijuana store across the parking lot.

A shop called Kitsap Cannabis was approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Board last week for a space at 1739 Village Lane SE, in the South Park Village.

It joins the descriptively named A Recreational Marijuana Store, already licensed at 1762 Village Lane SE, in the same shopping center.

Kitsap Cannabis is the seventh recreational marijuana store approved in the Port Orchard area, and the 16th in Kitsap. The state plans to license up to 20 retailers in the county.

Below is a chart showing retail marijuana sales trends: Continue reading

Silverdale gets a marijuana store

A recreational marijuana store is finally coming to Kitsap’s commercial hub.

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board has approved a Silverdale store called Fillabong, located at 2839 NW Kitsap Place, just east of the mall. It’s the first recreational store approved in Central Kitsap, though there are a few medical dispensaries in the area.

The addition of Fillabong brings Kitsap’s count of licensed pot stores to 11 (not counting the Suquamish Tribe’s Agate Dreams). The state plans to issue 20 retail licenses in the county.

Another 11 marijuana producers and processors are licensed in Kitsap.

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.

Bainbridge marijuana shop gives employees free samples

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Salespeople have to know their product, whether they’re selling cars or selling marijuana.

To make sure its staff are knowledgeable about its wares, one recreational marijuana store in Kitsap has been providing employees with free samples.

According to a blogpost on Forbes, Bainbridge Island’s Paper & Leaf provides “budtenders” with samples of the cannabis strains and edibles the store carries. Employees try the products at home and report back. The store even set up a private Facebook group where workers post their reviews.

“They post about the scent of the product, the potency, how it makes them feel,” said Hill.

“Most of our employees have been with us since we opened last June, so they know the information that customers are looking for,” he said.

Staff reviewers will use lingo like “gave me couch-lock,” “relaxing,” “euphoric,” “uplifting” or “made me kind of nervous,” in their reviews for each other.

According to the blog post, the state’s rules regarding free employee samples are murky. You can read the full Forbes story here.

Kitsap sees first drop in legal marijuana sales

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Kitsap County’s first recreational marijuana store opened in August of 2014 and sales soared for the next 14 months.

That trend changed abruptly in November, when the county saw its first month-to-month decline in retail marijuana sales.

Gross sales dipped by nearly 9 percent between October to November, according to numbers posted by the state Liquor and Cannabis Board:

The decline in sales wasn’t limited to Kitsap. Washington recorded its first statewide drop in retail marijuana revenue back in July, following a restructuring of the excise tax, and sales slipped again in November:

 

A one-month falloff in sales is far from a trend, but the decline does come at an interesting time for the industry.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board announced plans last week to lift the cap on retail licenses, as the state prepares to roll the marginally-regulated medical marijuana system into the tightly-controlled recreational marijuana system. The number of stores allowed in Kitsap would increase from 10 to 20.

Some legal marijuana sellers believe the market is already becoming saturated in Bremerton and Port Orchard, pointing to a plateau in per-store sales this fall.

The chart below shows gross sales for each of the seven active marijuana stores in Kitsap (an eighth store, called The Reef, just opened in Bremerton, and a tribally-owned store opened in Suquamish).

You can wave your mouse over the store names to highlight their sales:

Click here for more Kitsap marijuana industry coverage.

Suquamish Tribe opens marijuana store

UPDATE: Here’s our story on the opening.

The Suquamish Tribe’s marijuana store, called Agate Dreams, opened for business this week, according to a Facebook post:

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The tribe recently entered into a compact with the state creating guidelines for regulating legalized marijuana on tribal land.

The Squaxin Island Tribe in Shelton signed a similar compact and opened a marijuana store in November.

The Suquamish store is located at 15915 Highway 305, next to the Texaco station. The enterprise is being operated as a subsidiary of Port Madison Enterprises, the tribe’s business arm.

We’ll have more on this story soon.

Seven more marijuana retail applications for Kitsap

Applications for marijuana retail licenses in Kitsap County continue to trickle in, with 10 days left for prospective pot entrepreneurs to apply.

Liquor Control Board released an updated list of applicants Tuesday. The state received seven more retail  applications for Kitsap locations since our last update on Nov. 26:

  • A.A.C.E Therapy LLC., 1116 Charleston Beach Road W, Bremerton
  • Kitsap Marijuana Connection, 4211 Feigley Road W, Port Orchard
  • Mari Jane’s, 200 Bravo Terrace SE, Port Orchard
  • Smoke Dreams LLC, 26212 Calvary Lane, Kingston
  • The Pot Shop, 6710 Kitsap Way, Unit B, Bremerton
  • The Tea Shop, 625 Callow Ave., Bremerton
  • The Wilkes Expedition LLC, 10320 NE Valley Road, Suite 107, Bainbridge Island

That brings the count of Kitsap retail applicants to 15. The application period for marijuana business licenses opened Nov. 18 and continues through Dec. 19. You can find more information on the rollout of Initiative 502 here.

There are also 17 applications in for marijuana processor licenses and 23 for marijuana producer (grower) licenses. Many producer applicants also applied for processor licenses, as allowed under state rules.

Here’s the full list of retail applicants (click here for a map): Continue reading

Eight apply to sell recreational marijuana in Kitsap


Eight prospective retailers have applied for licenses to sell recreational marijuana in Kitsap County so far, according to an early list of applicants released by the state Liquor Control Board. Six of the applications are for Bremerton locations. Silverdale and Poulsbo each have one proposed shop.

Thirteen have applied to produce (grow) marijuana, and 13 have applied to process marijuana. Nearly all the applicants seeking producer licenses also applied for processing licenses, with a couple of exceptions. Producer and processor applications came from all over the county, including Bainbridge Island.

There is still plenty of time for prospective marijuana entrepreneurs to apply for licenses under the new I-502 rules. The 30-day application period opened Nov. 20.

The Liquor Control Board will allow up to 10 retail stores in Kitsap. Competition will be stiff in Bremerton, where only two locations can be approved within city limits.

Here are the Kitsap retail applicants thus far (click here to view them in an interactive map):

  • C&C Shop LLC, 1107 N. Callow Ave. Suite B, Bremerton
  • Emerald Coast, 4020 Wheaton Way, Suite M, Bremerton
  • Evergreen Bud Depot, 1405 NE McWilliams Road, Suite 103, Bremerton
  • Got Pot Shop, 6710 Kitsap Way, Unit B, Bremerton
  • Greenlife, 9119 Ridgetop Blvd. NW, Silverdale
  • Northwest Health Alliance, 1405 NE McWilliams Road, Suite 103
  • Poulsbo Haze, 19568 Viking Ave. NW, Poulsbo
  • Sol Good Cannabis, 1500 Riddell Road, Bremerton

And here are the producer and processor applicants (most applied for both): Continue reading