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First Mason County pot shop approved


The state Liquor Control Board issued a license for a recreational marijuana shop in Belfair last month. It was the first retail marijuana license issued for Mason County.

The store, called Ganja Vita, is planned for 23441 NE Highway 3, across the street from the Harrison Medical Center clinic.

Owner Erica Weick said she’s waiting on final county approval to open. She hopes the high-visibility location will keep business brisk.

Mason County has become a hot spot for growing operations — 13 producers have been approved so far (see map). Three were approved in December alone.

Retail has been a different story. The state will allow up to five shops in the county, including one in Shelton. But Weick said zoning restrictions made it challenging to find a suitable space for a shop.

The state received 20 retail applications and 47 producer applications for Mason County. Seven recreational marijuana businesses have been approved in Kitsap County.

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.