RICHLAND, WA - The window for people to apply for recreational marijuana licenses is officially open.
There weren't many lines on Monday at the Richland Department of Revenue Field Office. Less than a handful of people came in person to submit an application.
At the department's headquarters in Tumwater, by 2PM, it had received 299 completed online applications, and more were pouring in. Many other people applied in person. The applications for tiers one through three, which include growers, processors, and distributors can be mailed in or submitted online.
"Out here we didn't know exactly how many people were going to come in and apply for any kind of license since there is a moratorium in the Tri-Cities area which complicates things," said Steve Robinson, WA Dept. of Revenue.
The moratoriums set in place by the cities and counties are a six month block that restrict the sale of recreational marijuana locally. Robinson thinks they may have scared applicants away.
The state is accepting the applications for the next month.
Applicants must undergo background checks, be residents of Washington state, and have their business areas inspected by the state. They also have to pay a non-refundable $250 fee.