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Proposed Bremerton pot shop wins license lottery

Backers of a proposed Bremerton marijuana shop got lucky in a lottery held last week by the state Liquor Control Board.

The lottery was a mulligan of sorts for eight applicants who’d mistakenly been left out of the mega lottery last spring. The eight were given the same odds as their counterparts in the original lottery (you can read about the methodology here).

Sensibility, a pot shop proposed for 1107 N. Callow Avenue in Bremerton, scored well enough to have its application processed. It will go through the same vetting process as all the other proposed shops.


Bremerton doesn’t have a recreational marijuana shop open inside city limits yet (HWY 420 is just outside).  The state allocated the city two licenses (Bainbridge Island gets one and the rest of Kitsap gets seven).

The lottery held last spring determined which applicants would be first in line to get the limited number of licenses. The Bremerton results are posted below.

So far none of these proposed businesses have materialized:



Kitsap marijuana revenue near $700k

Recreational marijuana businesses in Kitsap County generated $688,394 in revenue by the end of October, paying $172,099 in state excise tax, according to Liquor Control Board records.

Those figures included two producer/processor businesses and two retail stores that have recorded sales so far. One more store and and another producer processor are just coming online in the county.

Retail sales ($363,803) overtook wholesale marijuana sales ($324,591) by the end of October.

Follow business reporter Tad Sooter on Twitter at @tsooter. Contact him at tad.sooter@kitsapsun.com or leave a comment below.

Legal pot industry takes root in Mason County


Mason County is quietly providing fertile ground for legalized pot grows.

Five recreational marijuana producers were given the Liquor Control Board’s blessing this year. The growers are scattered across rural areas of the county (expand map for a better view).

Three of those businesses are also licensed as processors, meaning they can turn harvested buds into products like oils and edibles.

Pot entrepreneurs submitted 20 retail applications in Mason. Six were proposed for Belfair and one for Allyn.

No retail outlets have been approved to date. The state will allow up to five stores in the county, including one in Shelton.

The liquor board had approved three marijuana grows and two retail shops (both for Port Orchard) in Kitsap County at last count.

Mason County commissioners earlier waffled on a marijuana moratorium, drawing ire from I-502 business applicants.

Kitsap leads state in rate of tobacco sales to minors

blog.tobaccoKitsap County store clerks led the state last year in their willingness to illegally sell cigarettes to minors.

That’s according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Health. The annual Synar Report uses unannounced compliance checks to track illegal tobacco sales. During the checks, underage teens, working with law enforcement, attempt to buy cigarettes from randomly-selected retailers.

The Liquor Control Board carried out 28 random checks in Kitsap last year. Nearly 40 percent of the checks resulted in illegal sales to minors. That figure eclipsed the statewide average of 15 percent and landed Kitsap atop the list of worst offenders for the year. (Click on the graphic to expand).

DOH spokesman Tim Church cautioned that the small sample size means sales at a few stores can sway the numbers from year to year. Local health agencies should use the data to identify compliance trends over time, he said.

The trend in Kitsap isn’t encouraging. The county’s compliance rate steadily worsened since 2010, when about 9 percent of random checks resulted in sales.

“It’s bad news for Kitsap County for sure,” Kitsap Public Health District Administrator Scott Daniels said. “It’s bad news for health of the kids who buy tobacco, it’s bad for the whole community.” Continue reading

Marijuana business applications keep piling up

The application period closed Dec. 20, but the state is still working through a backlog of  marijuana business applications.

There are now 64 retail applications for Kitsap County, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Liquor Control Board. That’s 20 more than we’d seen last week. Only 10 stores will be allowed in Kitsap, including two in Bremerton and one on Bainbridge Island.

As we reported in a Tuesday article, the board is already sending notices to cities and counties, letting them know what applications were filed within their boundaries. Local governments have 20 days to recommend approval or denial of each application.

Many applications will be weeded out quickly, based on local zoning and state regulations. The state expects to issue licenses this spring.

Here’s the updated list of retail applications (map embedded above): Continue reading