A person in Spokane will be one of the first to be awarded a marijuana grower license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
Board Member Chris Marr confirmed 10 people are in the final inspection stage. If they pass, those people could be awarded a license this week. However, Marr said one Spokanite will be one of the first to receive a license, though he wouldn't say who it is.
Marr said in the final inspection stage, potential growers have an investigator from the LCB walk through the facility and make sure it is up to I-502 guidelines. They must show the surveillance on the cannabis plants is operational. The grower must also show they're sticking to the plans they submitted when applying for a license last year.
Once the license is awarded, Marr says the grower can start moving plants into the facility to start providing product for the state's marijuana market.
The LCB says the licenses will be staggered to help with supply, and because there are so many inspections going on right now.
A lottery will be held in mid-April to determine who will get a marijuana retail license.