Third recreational marijuana license issued in Whatcom County

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 23, 2014 

Washington Finest is the third grower-processor to receive a recreational marijuana license to operate in Whatcom County.

The Washington state Liquor Control Board issued the license to the business for its tier 3 operation at 8971 Guide Meridian Road, just north of Lynden. The applicants were Sean A. and Tara F. St. Peter.

The license was issued Thursday, May 22.

The state created three tiers for growers based on square footage. Tier 1 was originally for operations smaller than 2,000 square feet; tier 2 was 2,000 to 10,000 square feet; and tier 3 was 10,000 to 30,000 square feet.

But because so many applied for licenses to grow pot, the Washington state Liquor Control Board decided in February to cap producers at 70 percent of the maximum growing space for which they applied.

It's been five months since the Dec. 20 deadline for pot entrepreneurs to apply for a license through the state liquor board, which is regulating the new industry.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com .

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