State rules Burien can have one Marijuana Store; POLL: where should it go?

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The State of Washington announced Wednesday (Sept. 4) that the City of Burien will be eligible to host one Marijuana Store, similar to what other cities of its size will be allowed:


These stores – which will be controlled and operated by the state’s Liquor Control Board – will not be allowed to sell anything other than pot, pot-infused products and paraphernalia.

The total of 334 statewide pot shops are being allocated by population and accessibility.

In addition to Burien’s one store (and Seattle’s 21) some of the south end cities and their allocations include:

  • Des Moines: 1
  • Federal Way: 3
  • Kent: 3
  • Maple Valley: 1
  • Renton: 3
  • SeaTac: 1
  • Tukwila: 1

As we first reported, on Aug. 20, the Burien City Council approved interim zoning regulations for six months on the location, operation and licensing of marijuana producers, processors and retailers.

Licensed marijuana retailers may not locate within 1,000 feet of any elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library, or game arcade not restricted to patrons 21 and older. This limits Burien to allowing its one allocated shop to be located within one of three small areas (map below):

  • 1st Ave South & SW 136th
  • South of SW 148th/151st & Ambaum (near where the Odyssey headshop has been located for around 30 years)
  • Near the old liquor store in Five Corners on SW 160th & 1st Ave South

Where do YOU think Burien’s pot shop should be located? Please take our Poll and/or leave a Comment below:

Where should Burien's one 'Pot Shop' be located?

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17 Responses to “State rules Burien can have one Marijuana Store; POLL: where should it go?”
  1. John says:

    Disregard the fact the results of having legal recreation drugs has and will continue to affect people, it will increase illegal activities, it will affect teens and youth, not to mention the same people controlling this did such a fine job in keeping the youth off of liquor. (Yes if you listen to the polls and studies that say it doesn’t affect people negatively…I’ve got a bridge for sale to you)
    Let’s face it, the only reason this got voted in the first place was for money. It’s all about greed. They should have stopped at legal medicinal uses.

    • Conner says:

      I think it’s obvious you don’t look at the big picture. Most of what you stated are opinions and nothing but. Truthfully legalization of marijuana is just another story to distract you with. But the FACT is, weed is no bother or trouble to our town. It’s the people living in it, if you ask me. Ambaum is the perfect choice.

  2. DJ says:

    Let’s put it in White Center. Oh wait, we voted down annexation and White Center is not part of Burien. I guess the only other alternatives are in the complex where the Seahurst Post Office is or in one of the empty storefronts in town square.

  3. Sara says:

    How about right smack dab in Town Square where all of the new apartments they’re planning on will go?

  4. TcB says:

    I find it cosmically ironic that the Odyssey was there since 1978 or whatever and closed down a couple of years ago.. That would have been the obvious choice.

  5. Burien Fan says:

    Put it next door to John Poitras’ house.

  6. EJL says:

    Why isn’t one of the options of the survey to “Not locate” a pot shop in Burien. Just because we could put a shop doesn’t mean we have to. The survey, as written, forces a placement response when a “Not locate” option should at least be given some consideration. Would seem a fairer survey to let all options be expressed.

  7. Burienite says:

    Let’s not locate one anywhere. It would be a blight on the area.

  8. Paris says:

    If it’s like the rest of the local shops in Burien, it will probably only be open until 5pm. So, it will soon go out of business because people with jobs/money will be at work.

  9. VERY TIRED says:

    How about we don’t and say we did?

  10. marie says:

    Yes, put it next to the old Odyssey on Ambaum which is now Wundeland, which is where everyone who already indulges goes, makes more sense than any other location. And you don’t have kids being exposed to seeing the store because they are taken along to go shopping at albertsons in five corners. I think it is great Burien will have a dispensary.

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