Washington's Legal pot by the numbers: 99 stores licensed, $64 million in sales ~ December 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM ~ Posted by Evan Bush
Cloned cuttings from Seattle pot grower AuricAG. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
After a rocky start and supply troubles, the recreational marijuana industry is slowly gaining ground in Washington state. With the new year upon us, here are some numbers that help put things in context.
In Seattle, just eight retail marijuana stores have been licensed by the Liquor Control Board; seven are open.
The LCB allotted Seattle 21 stores. It plans to license as many as 334 stores statewide. Cannabis City, which opened July 8, was the first to operate in Seattle.
Unprepared applicants, difficulties finding legal space in a dense city as well as complicated zoning rules have slowed Seattle pot shops.
James Lathrop is the owner of Cannabis City, Seattle’s first recreational pot store. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)
Counties that have at least one legal marijuana store. (Map by Evan Bush / The Seattle Times)
Statewide, at least 99 stores have been licensed in 27 of Washington’s 39 counties, though that doesn’t mean they are operating.
King County leads the state with a total of 14 licensed stores. Although Pierce County has banned marijuana, nine stores are located within cities that allow pot within the county. Snohomish County has 7 licensed pot shops.
In Eastern Washington, Spokane County leads the way with 11 stores licensed.
Mark Arnold, left, and Mark Greenshields attend to pot cuttings in the clone room at AuricAG. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
The state has licensed more than 320 marijuana growers. About 54 percent of Washington growers are located in Eastern Washington. Spokane County hosts the most growers with 66. Snohomish County has the second-most growers, with 28.
December sales figures are not complete. (Graphic by Evan Bush / The Seattle Times)
Since July, nearly $64 million of pot has been sold in Washington state, according to Liquor Control Board figures. The figures include sales throughout the supply chain (such as sales from growers to retailers). The state reaped nearly $16 million from excise taxes on marijuana sales.
When Herbal Nation opened in Bothell, a line of about 75 people weaved through its parking lot. The store grossed about $2.6 million in sales — second best in the state this year. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)
Vancouver’s New Vansterdam sold almost $2.75 million worth of marijuana products since it opened in July, the most of any retail marijuana business.
Rounding out the top 5 retailers:
New Vansterdam: $2,748,875
Herbal Nation: $2,600,469
Cannabis City: $2,469,905
Main Street Marijuana: $1,584,512
Spokane Green Leaf: $1,452,252
Note: These numbers likely do not reflect all December sales, because reporting is not required until the following month.