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Renton's potential marijuana retailers ranked by state

The Washington Liquor Control Board this past week conducted its lottery for marijuana retail businesses, randomly ranking the applicants in cities where the number of prospective retailers outpaces the number of licenses allotted.

In Renton, nine marijuana retailers are vying for the three licenses to be issued for the city. Applicants have been notified of their standing.

The top three ranked applicants are The Dormouse, in the 900 block of Thomas Avenue Southwest, Northwest Cannabis Emporium in the 1200 block of Union Avenue Northeast and Seattle Tribe Partners in the 100 block of Southwest 41st Street.

The state will now begin the licensing process on the applicants. If one fails to pass the process, for being within one of the buffer zones around sensitive uses for example, the next applicant on the list will take the spot.

Applicants must also pass a criminal background check and a financial investigation.

Invictus Assets in the 400 block of Sunset Boulevard is in the fourth spot of the rankings.

Once the state issues their licenses, the process will move to the cities. In Renton, retail marijuana businesses must be in an area zoned not only for retail usage, but for taverns. If a business's location is not in the proper zoning, the license will move to the next business on the list.

The Liquor Control Board expects to begin issuing retail license no later than the first week in July.

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