Fourth recreational marijuana license issued in Whatcom County


Whatcom County Cannabis Gardens, which is doing business as Happy Valley Farms, is the fourth grower-processor to receive a recreational marijuana license to operate in the county.

The Washington state Liquor Control Board issued the license to the business for its tier 2 operation at 5373 Guide Meridian, Suite D-11, outside of Bellingham. The applicant was Kolby Michael Cain.

The license was issued Friday, May 23.

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 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.

The state received a total of 227 applications from Whatcom County businesses for licenses to grow and process pot for recreational use.

They were split into 124 for growing/producing and 103 for processing.

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