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Kitsap County may get 10 legal pot stores, Bainbridge Island to get one

Kitsap County may become home to 10 retail outlets for marijuana sales, according to rules expected to be adopted Wednesday by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

The board is expected to vote to adopt rules to implement Initiative 502, which was passed by voters in November with 55 percent of the vote and made marijuana legal for recreational use.

Under I-502, the Washington State Liquor Control Board can set the number of retail stores per county.

The number of stores was based on population and consumption.

According to the liquor control board, most of Kitsap County's 10 retail outlets — a total of seven — will be located in the unincorporated area. Two store locations have been assigned to Bremerton, and one to Bainbridge Island.

Seattle has been allocated 21 retail outlets.

Staff for the liquor control board are developing guidelines for a license lottery in the event that there are more applicants for retail licenses than available licenses.

Pot shops will be highly regulated under the proposed rules. Retail marijuana shops must be located 1,000 feet away from any any elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library, or game arcade that allows minors.

Bainbridge officials have been studying potential locations for retail sales and other marijuana businesses in recent weeks.

City officials said Rolling Bay and Lynwood were the most likely places for a legal marijuana retail operation to set up shop on the island.

 

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