New pot store sought for KC’s Family Restaurant location; plus, take our Poll
by Jack Mayne
The City of Burien received an application on Friday (Jan. 15) for its first retail marijuana store – to be called “The Joint” – from a man named David Sadis, and to be located at 14325 First Ave South.
The store would take over the former location of KC’s Family Restaurant, once owned by Soon Chung and closed just last week (read more here). The building was a Sambo’s restaurant location years ago.
Katie Trefry, Burien Communications Officer, said Tuesday it would take weeks, if not months for the application to pass both City of Burien zoning hurdles plus those of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB).
The closest pot stores currently operating are at 23407 Pacific Highway South in Des Moines, and one in Seattle at 10861 First Ave South. Other than one store in Renton, there are no others located in south King County.
Last week, Des Moines realtor Tom Roush asked the Des Moines City Council to consider the possibility of a second store, because he had a “wealthy Chinese investor with a lot of money” as a client (read about that here.) This client wants to buy the building next to the new Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Pacific Highway South to house a second marijuana store in that city “because he sees the volume of business down at your only location on the south side of the Kent-Des Moines Road.”
Trefry said that like all regional commercial land use reviews, “the city will review the submitted application for completeness then it will go to a public comment period, likely 21 days in length.”
She said the review process by the city “will center around the applicant’s conformity with zoning code at its proposed location, rather than the focus of the business itself.”
Since the State Liquor and Cannabis Board approval is also required for a marijuana retailer business, “that process will commence after the local Land Use Review,” Trefry said.
She also said Burien has “seen a notable spike in inquiries about marijuana retailer options here, sometimes two to three calls a day.”
Attempts to reach Sadis were not immediately successful.
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Home delivery for pot?
Along related lines, earlier Tuesday (Jan. 19), Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced support of House Bill 2368 sponsored by Rep. Chris Hurst (D-Enumclaw), that creates a pilot program for legal marijuana home delivery service in Seattle.
Despite current state law prohibiting delivery of marijuana, various online operators have been offering illegal delivery services, undercutting Washington State’s voter-approved legal marijuana market.
“We must address illegal delivery services that are undermining I-502 and allow responsible businesses to offer delivery service in Seattle,” said Murray. “The proposed pilot delivery program, along with increased enforcement of existing marijuana laws, will better protect customers, patients and business owners, while strengthening the legal marijuana industry.”
The number of illegal delivery services has outpaced legal retail stores, growing to an estimated 24 services and operators. Reachable through primarily use websites, such as Craigslist, Weedmaps and Leafly, to deliver illegally to customers. Often these online services attempt to present themselves to customers as if they were legal businesses.