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Poulsbo firm’s software will power state liquor licensing system

palladin_11951299_ver1-0_640_480Post by Nathan Pilling, Kitsap Sun

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board has selected a product from a Poulsbo company to support its licensing and enforcement operations throughout the state.

Paladin Data Systems’ SMARTGOV is a cloud-based product that will manage the state’s alcohol and cannabis permitting and licensing processes.

The system will allow the state to process applications faster, and “empowers applicants to become active participants in the permitting and licensing process, providing all of our citizens with information transparency,” Paladin CEO Jim Nall stated in a release.

The system will allow businesses to apply for permits, upload documents and monitor those applications online.

Liquor and Cannabis Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said SMARTGOV will replace the agency’s old, outdated licensing system and will make the permitting process less complex for both state employees and customers.

The agency is expected to begin using SMARTGOV in late 2017, Carpenter said.

Marijuana grow approved in Bremerton; SK retailers on the move

111-bruennThe state approved a marijuana grow Wednesday off Auto Center Boulevard in Bremerton.

Producer and processor United Western Green will be located in a warehouse at 111 Bruenn Ave., according to Liquor and Cannabis Board records.

United Western Green is the 16th producer/processor licensed in Kitsap County.

Retailers on the move

Marijuana retailers originally licensed in South Kitsap are shuffling locations this fall, perhaps seeking less crowded markets.

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Eight marijuana retailers were approved in the Port Orchard area. Now some are moving out. Click to enlarge.

The board recently approved an address change allowing 21+ Recreational Marijuana to hop from Bethel Road in Port Orchard to 3062 SW Hwy. 16, Suite A in Gorst.

Two other South Kitsap marijuana stores have applied to relocate to Silverdale.

Fillabong, which also operates a shop in Silverdale, already shifted its license from Mile Hill Drive to 3249 Perry Ave., just outside Bremerton limits.

Here’s my map of Kitsap marijuana businesses. I’ll update the new retail locations once they’re approved by the board:

Kitsap will receive $200k from marijuana excise tax in FY 2017

paper_leaf_img_6126_webMore than $200,000 in marijuana excise tax revenue will flow into Kitsap in the coming year.

Kitsap County is in line to receive $126,774, according to a list of fiscal year 2017 tax distributions posted by the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Port Orchard will receive $40,107, Bremerton $27,989 and Bainbridge Island $16,419.

Poulsbo, which has a moratorium on marijuana businesses, will not receive any money.

The state committed to distributing $6 million in revenue from the 37 percent tax on recreational marijuana to local governments in both fiscal years 2016 and 2017. (The fiscal year runs July through June.)

The money is divvied up based on the amount of marijuana tax generated in each jurisdiction in the previous year. Kitsap governments are spending the money on law enforcement.

Beginning in fiscal year 2018, the state will distribute 30 percent of marijuana excise tax revenue to local governments. Thirty percent of that amount will go to cities and towns. Seventy percent will go to counties.

Fifth marijuana grow approved in North Kitsap; retailer relocating

The state approved a fifth marijuana grow in North Kitsap this week.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board issued licenses to recreational marijuana producer and processor Americanna Naturals on Tuesday. The company will be located at 26420 Pioneer Way NW, near Twelve Trees Business Park.

Americanna Naturals is the 15th producer/processor licensed in the county. A grow was approved in Kingston just last week.

In other marijuana business news, a retail store that had been licensed in Port Orchard has successfully changed its location to East Bremerton.

Fillabong, which also operates a shop in Silverdale, was originally approved for 4978 Mile Hill Drive. The store will now be located at 3249 Perry Ave.

Here’s an updated map of marijuana business licenses in Kitsap:

New brewery planned in West Bremerton

badbulldogsThe former Grainger building across from Safeway could soon be home to Bremerton’s fifth brewery.

Silverdale residents Dave and Dawn Dodge (pictured) bought the Callow Avenue building last year and have applied for licenses to begin brewing in a portion of the 11,000-square-foot space. They hope to launch their Bad Bulldog’s Brewery as early as December.

Dave is a retired Arizona police officer who home brews beer and now works at Sound Brewery in Poulsbo.

“It was a blessing,” Dave said of landing his job at Sound, which has familiarized him with brewing on a commercial scale. “They’ve been really inviting to me.”

14034912_1412432445437392_2110010914126635088_nThe Dodges plan to build out their Bremerton brewery in stages. They’ll start by installing a 3.5-barrel brewing system in the lower level of the building and open a simple tasting room with a patio for outdoor seating.

Later the couple will add a full-scale tasting room one of the building’s street-level storefronts. A bar built around an opening in the floor will allow patrons to sip beers while watching brewers at work below.

Eventually the Dodges hope to transform the entire building into a beer-centric hub. The structure encompasses four separate commercial spaces with individual addresses, giving them plenty of room to experiment. They envision hosting a home brewers collective and perhaps a bottle shop.

It’s an ambitious vision, but Dawn is confident they can pull it off.

“When Dave decides to do something, he does it right,” she said.

Marijuana, not beer, was the Dodges’ initial plan for the building. They owned Emerald Coast Collective on Wheaton Way before it shut down at the end of June along with other medical marijuana dispensaries.

The couple applied for a license to place a recreational marijuana shop in the Grainger building, but were never approved. They joined a class action lawsuit against the Liquor and Cannabis Board with the hope of still landing a license.

If they prevail, Bad Bulldog’s Brewery could share the building with a marijuana store.

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 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.

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.

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