By Steve Hunter
The state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday issued the state’s first licenses to produce and process recreational marijuana.
The board issued the license during a board meeting at its headquarters in Olympia. The licenses were issued to Spokane’s Sean Green who will operate his business under the trade name Kouchlock Productions, according to a liquor control board media release.
“This is a historic day,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “The hard work and preparation this agency has done has laid the foundation to make this pioneering endeavor a success.”
Kouchlock Productions is licensed to produce and process recreational marijuana. It holds a restricted tier-three license to produce marijuana initially up to a maximum of 21,000 square feet. Kouchlock Productions is one of more than 2,800 producer license applications that the board is currently processing. Licenses will be continuously issued as they are ready.
Several other producer and processor applicants at or near the final stages of the licensing process.
The liquor board will update weekly its list of pending and active marijuana licenses on the frequently requested lists page of the public records section of its website.
The first retail stores are expected to open in June.
Steve Hunter covers courts and government for the Kent Reporter in Kent, Wash., a partner publication of The Bellingham Business Journal.