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State gets applications from two Bainbridge businesses hoping to set up marijuana farms

Two businesses on Bainbridge Island have submitted an application with the state of Washington to become licensed as a producer of legal marijuana crops.

The Washington State Department of Revenue began accepting online applications for marijuana business licenses on Monday, Nov. 18. Since then, nearly 600 applications have been filed by people and businesses across the state.

On Bainbridge, two companies have filed applications to become "tier 2" producers.

Under state regulations for legal marijuana production facilities, Tier 2 operations have a production premise, or "plant canopy," of 2,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

The two businesses, Olympic Satellite and Quince Farm, both appear to be relatively new businesses. Quince Farm registered with the state Department of Revenue on Oct. 1, and Olympic Satellite registered with the state on Feb. 1.

Quince Farm is proposing to locate its production facility at 5973 Old Mill Road NE.

Olympic Satellite is proposing to put its production facility at 8480 Ferncliff Ave. NE.

Washington state officials said last week the Department of Revenue had received 585 completed applications.

Licenses will eventually be approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, and the board began processing license applications on Nov. 20.

Most applications, 280 as of last week, were in the producer/processor category. Retailing applications followed, with 144. A total of 134 applications for producer had been received through Nov. 20, and an additional 27 applications were received from potential processors.

Applicants have through Dec. 19 to submit applications.

Washington voters approved Initiative 502 in the 2012 election, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana under state law.

Bainbridge Island has since been working to keep up to date with regulations set forward by the state Liquor Control Board.

With a 5-1 vote at Monday's meeting, the Bainbridge Island City Council approved a temporary ordinance to establish rules on marijuana retail stores, processing and collective gardens — plus a six-month moratorium on grow operations.

The interim regulations will limit processors, retailers and medical marijuana “collective gardens” to business industrial zones.

The Day Road industrial park has been identified by city planning staff as the potential location for such businesses.

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