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Washington state issues first legal-marijuana business license

Washington state issued its first legal-marijuana business license yesterday to the makers of the “super joint.”

Washington state issued its first legal marijuana business license yesterday.
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Sean Green, CEO of the awesomely-named Kouchlock Productions, was awarded a business license by the state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday that will allow him to grow “21,000 square feet of cannabis at his Spokane facility -- the first pot that will be grown for sale under the highly taxed system approved by voters in 2012,” according to the Associated Press.

"Cannabis prohibition is over," Green proclaimed after Wednesday’s meeting. "I'm coming home with jobs, Spokane."

Green’s initial plans for the license includes dedicating 1,200 square feet of his growing operation to starter plants that he’ll sell to other marijuana businesses as they become licensed. He’ll also continue his medical marijuana business, and plans to eventually expanded to retail sales, which Green claims will create between 30 and 50 jobs.

According to the AP, Kouchlock Productions was given the first license from over 2,200 retail applications, and the Liquor Control Board, which is in charge of regulating legal marijuana, “is expected to hold lotteries in at least some areas before allowing 334 pot shops statewide.” Time reports that "producer licenses are being issued first so that stores will have products to sell" when retail sales, like those that went into effect in Colorado on Jan. 1, begin sometime in June or July.

"It's easy to talk about what marijuana legalization might look like. It's a much different thing to see it roll out," Seattle attorney Alison Holcomb, a leader in the campaign for pot legalization, said Wednesday.

Unlike Colorado, which already had a regulated medical marijuana system in place, the business license granted by Washington is the first of its kind to be handed out by the Liquor Control Board, the agency responsible for marijuana oversight. The three member board credited Green for meeting the stipulations for business licensure, including “passing criminal and financial background checks, developing a board-approved business plan and finding a location that wasn't too close to schools or daycares.”

"We're proud of you," board chairwoman Sharon Foster to Green, according to the AP. "We now know there are folks out there who follow the rules and are willing to be participants of this brave new venture in Washington state."

With products like the aforementioned “super joint” -- described by the AP as “a marijuana cigarette that includes potent cannabis oil as well as flowers” -- something tells me Green is going to make a more money in the pot business than he did at his previous career as a real estate appraiser.

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