Proposed North Delridge store draws top Seattle spot in marijuana-retailer license lottery

May 2, 2014 at 10:15 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 64 Comments

Looks like West Seattle’s most-likely place for a recreational-marijuana store will be North Delridge – the 3800 block, to be specific. Here’s why:

The state has just gone public with its list of positions drawn in its lottery among prospective marijuana retailers – necessary because far more applications were received than licenses will be allotted. The entire city of Seattle will have 21 licensed stores, for example. At the top of the Seattle lottery list, #1 was drawn by a West Seattle applicant, Trichome & Calyx Corp., with the address 3809 Delridge Way SW, Suite B (map; currently the site of a medical-marijuana dispensary); the corporation’s owner is listed in state records as Magnolia entrepreneur Mehran Rafizadeh. The next-highest West Seattle location drawn, #37, was for the same applicant, same street address, Suite A. Next, #40, went to The Edge, applying for 3805 Delridge Way SW. Another 3809 Delridge Way applicant, Paradigm, drew #42. Following that, at #52, is an existing medical-marijuana provider, the Northwest Patient Resource Center on the east side of 35th/Roxbury. Seven of the other West Seattle locations with higher numbers in the lottery also applied using the 3809 Delridge Way SW address; there were also applicants from Harbor Avenue, West Marginal Way, and the west side of 35th/Roxbury.

You can download the full statewide list, which has a tab for each city including Seattle, from this page on the state Liquor Control Board website. Licenses are expected to be issued by early July, according to this state FAQ.


  1. Well looks like E side W Seattle is about to become a hoppin place. I assume that multiple apps at same addy were for different types of license?

    Comment by cj — 10:45 am May 2, 2014 #

  2. There is a daycare center, probably no more than 50 yards away, down below from that location in the set of office/warehouse buildings sandwiched between Delridge and Nucor Steel. Aren’t their buffer zone restrictions prohibiting marijuana businesses from being near daycare centers? I could be wrong; just wondering.

    Comment by buffer — 10:54 am May 2, 2014 #

  3. This ought to help the existing crime there. /s
    I’m guessing in about 2-3 years, WA residents (namely people with kids) are going to regret this move. My opinion anyway.

    Comment by Westside Parent — 10:56 am May 2, 2014 #

  4. Buffer – interesting point. That business opened last year, and the application process has been in the works a long time, maybe even before it opened. The state’s language is that the 1,000-foot buffer is “between a licensed marijuana business and an elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library, or arcade where admission is not restricted to those age 21 and older.” 1,000 feet is roughly two blocks. And it’s a straight-line measurement: “The distance shall be measured as the shortest straight line distance from the property line of the licensed premises to the property line of the entities listed below…”

    Comment by WSB — 11:05 am May 2, 2014 #

  5. Westside Parent, anyone can basically get marijuana now at any one of the various dispensaries around town. Bars and liquor stores are selling much more poisonous and dangerous substances than pot shops.

    Comment by Jason — 11:15 am May 2, 2014 #

  6. I can’t wait to see the traffic accident’s rack up. It is already a horrible situation for businesses there and this is going to only compound that issue.

    Comment by AEL — 11:35 am May 2, 2014 #

  7. @ Westside parent so how does this increase crime ??

    Comment by chris — 12:08 pm May 2, 2014 #

  8. I thought I saw the green cross at a place called Lucky Ladyz down on Alki…is this place not legal?

    Comment by Cheryl — 12:09 pm May 2, 2014 #

  9. And sadly, this will have no impact on the “dispensary” run out of an apartment complex halfway down my block….

    Comment by Ray — 12:19 pm May 2, 2014 #

  10. Whole lotta ‘what about the children’ going on in here.

    Comment by jns — 12:29 pm May 2, 2014 #

  11. SOOO STOKED!!!! I love weed.

    Comment by Honesty — 12:38 pm May 2, 2014 #

  12. Cheryl – The green cross is to indicate a medical marijuana store, not a retail marijuana store.

    Comment by Lindsey — 12:45 pm May 2, 2014 #

  13. i wonder if that little parking lot will be big enough. I am sure skylark will serve lots of tater tots.
    hey i was curious- i downloaded that lottery spreadsheet- that same vendor “Trichome & Calyx ” entered a few times at that same address; they were 1st, 37th, and 67th- how many times were people allowed to enter the lottery?

    Comment by sam-c — 1:06 pm May 2, 2014 #

  14. Pretty sure that if West Seattle became its own city, the official seal would be …

    Comment by Militant Moderate — 1:54 pm May 2, 2014 #

  15. What do you do for work Honesty?

    Comment by Alki Warrior — 3:01 pm May 2, 2014 #

  16. I am amazed and somewhat appalled at the bureaucracy and complexity of the Washington state regulatory scheme. Why is it that Colorado got up and running so much faster than we did? I ask especially since we already had some infrastructure, namely the medical marijuana production and retail system, in place. I hope the Washington pot framework doesn’t collapse due to its own complexity. I hate to be negative, but I am tempted to call the progress of Washington’s pot infrastructure “Bertha-esque.”

    Comment by onion — 3:07 pm May 2, 2014 #

  17. What party runs the state onion?

    Comment by Alki Warrior — 3:35 pm May 2, 2014 #

  18. legal weed in Washington was corrupted by the state legislature who tried to force all the medical patients into their over-taxed recreational system. 85% tax? people will be going to Joe on the corner before they pay those outrageous prices. it seems like a lot of people here are just straight up uneducated on marijuana. people worried about crime, accidents, and kids should realize there are already over 200 medical dispensaries in the Seattle/Tacoma area, opening up a few more isn’t going to change anything.

    Comment by Dom — 3:51 pm May 2, 2014 #

  19. Hey Onion: Let’s hope so!
    Good ole’ Seattle… More interested in getting their weed than solving education and public transportation issues. Maybe if we promised you Doritos…

    Comment by Johnny Playball — 3:56 pm May 2, 2014 #

  20. “GreenRidge”!

    Comment by rcl — 4:01 pm May 2, 2014 #

  21. There are many hoops for lottery winners to jump through and some won’t make the licensing and code parameters and will be out. This list shouldn’t be considered close to final.

    Aside from those facts, crappy ingress/egress, if I am thinking of the correct location. Rush hour traffic after work and stopping by The Weed Store there? No thanks.

    Comment by And also... — 4:02 pm May 2, 2014 #

  22. The dispensaries have negatively changed neighborhoods – there is more foul smelling marijuana smoke and useless stoned kids hanging out in the parks and neighborhoods than ever before. The ones who abuse marijuana ruin it for those who need it for medical purposes, and there is no reason to have more than one medical dispensary in Delridge, certainly not 4 recreational-use stores.

    Comment by Reality — 4:17 pm May 2, 2014 #

  23. @ Johnny Playball – Thanks for the perfect summary of what really seems to matter to a lot of people. Pot, Uber/Lyft and bikes seem to be the political clout in this city.

    Comment by Checked Out — 4:28 pm May 2, 2014 #

  24. This city is becoming increasingly hostile to families with children. Parents with young children have enough to deal with and worry about.

    They should not have to be deal with a city that coddles social pathology.

    Comment by JoAnne — 4:28 pm May 2, 2014 #

  25. Dom, my earlier post was a simple, straight up question about the written law regarding the proximity of recreational marijuana businesses to certain uses. In the case of the Delridge site, it’s a stones (or perhaps even a bag of weed’s) throw away from a daycare. I’m not sure how asking a question on legal buffer zones around cerain uses, including daycares, indicates I’m “just straight up uneducated on marijuana.”
    From reading the language of the Law, it looks like business who just missed the lottery cut- off might be asking if Trichome and Calyx Corp. truly qualify with that location.

    Comment by buffer — 4:32 pm May 2, 2014 #

  26. There isn’t really crime there. You’re thinking of further down delridge. Couldn’t be quieter there

    Comment by Sjd — 4:40 pm May 2, 2014 #

  27. How many of you complainers drink regularly?

    Comment by Jason — 4:57 pm May 2, 2014 #

  28. Onion asked: “Why is it that Colorado got up and running so much faster than we did?”
    Both states legalized well-regulated recreational pot through ballot initiatives. The Colorado initiative basically contained and described the regulatory structure. The Washington initiative instructed the state to create a regulatory structure. So Colorado’s process was well-started as soon as their initiative passed, and our initiative required the state to take more time setting things up.

    Comment by Community Member — 5:15 pm May 2, 2014 #

  29. The legalization process here is embarrassing. While I feel that I’m the minority, I’m “sticking to my guns” and am absolutely anti-legalization. Friends in other states ask me about it, and I’m embarrassed to say my state is one of the first to accept recreational marijuana.

    The old standby argument, “alcohol kills more and that’s legal!” is pathetic. In other words, “this other thing is really bad, this isn’t as bad so let’s make it legal.” How about we instead put all this attention and interest towards getting rid of the “really bad things” (transportation issues included) and stop obsessing over legitimizing drugs!

    Comment by Andrew S — 5:30 pm May 2, 2014 #

  30. Just can’t resist….



    Comment by miws — 5:57 pm May 2, 2014 #

  31. I’m genuinely curious if those of you opposed to this store would be opposed to a bar or liquor store opening in that location. Are you opposed to the other bars and liquor stores in West Seattle?

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 6:51 pm May 2, 2014 #

  32. Andrew, have you considered that perhaps the revenue from the legal marijuana might help fund some of these other issues? The argument isn’t pathetic if you have the capacity to think about it in depth. Perhaps you can ask yourself why you care if people are using marijuana. What harm do you feel it’s going to cause you? What harm does it cause you now? Do you think our money is better spent housing and feeding marijuana users in jails and prison rather than collecting taxes on it?
    How are marijuana users disrupting you folks’ lives so much?

    Comment by Jason — 7:34 pm May 2, 2014 #

  33. Thank you Jason.

    Comment by Muffaluffagus — 8:02 pm May 2, 2014 #

  34. Joe, I am not opposed to bars and wish this were a liquor store opening not a dope store. Liquor is for sophisticated and responsible adults. Dope is for dopes!

    Comment by JeffTerrance — 8:02 pm May 2, 2014 #

  35. The tax revenue argument is flawed. I seriously doubt any govt agency is going to say that the weed tax has solved their funding issues. The extra revenue will disappear into the govt slush fund, and the usual property, sales, and car tab taxes will be pushed as usual.

    I would love to think I’m wrong, but I doubt it. Anyone seriously disagree?

    On the plus side, maybe at least we’ll get a government-funded Bob Marley statue on Alki as a token of what this new revenue source has achieved. That’d be far out, man.

    Comment by A — 8:45 pm May 2, 2014 #

  36. Or how about this? Take all the weed revenue and divide it amongst the minimum-wage workers, in effect giving them a raise without hurting the business owners. The more everyone smokes, the more everyone gets paid. Sounds like a great Seattle solution.

    Comment by A — 8:49 pm May 2, 2014 #

  37. colorado got up and running because their medical dispensaries were already pretty solidly regulated by the state so they immediately stepped up unlike here where the medical dispensaries were quasi legal cooperatives of patients.

    as always, washington has got the thoughts in the right place but always screws up the process.

    Comment by beef — 9:41 pm May 2, 2014 #

  38. The tax argument is a lie. There are not enough marijuana users to make any money for the state. Nobody I know or work with uses it or will shop at the stores, if they did they’d be fired!

    Comment by A concerned citizen — 9:42 pm May 2, 2014 #

  39. I’d rather see a church or something like a mcdonalds go here. Why do we as a community need these stores attracting crime and drugs? Just say no.

    Comment by A concerned citizen — 9:43 pm May 2, 2014 #

  40. There’s a crazy amount if dispensaries in white center. Someone told me its because it an unincorporated part of king county?? ?. Seems like every time I am walking in lincoln park I smell weed. Maybe it always been like that I don’t know. If there were that many liquor stores popping up. I also be concerned. Last week while at safeway in white center. 2 guys casually puffing away walking into safeway.

    Comment by kake — 10:09 pm May 2, 2014 #

  41. The argument that “recreational marijuana should be legalized because alcohol causes more deaths, and that’s legal” IS ABSOLUTELY pathetic.

    I would NOT be happy to see a store selling alcohol in place of this location, and am against alcohol consumption as well. I believe that partaking in drinking and smoking contributes to the degradation of society.

    I did not mention money, my concern was using the ENERGY and PASSION behind this movement for something more constructive. Smoking marijuana is destructive.

    Studies have proven that marijuana use has a negative impact on the development of the brain, especially in teens; this is one of the reasons the sale to minors has been prohibited; not that it will stop them from acquiring it, like our underage drinking problem.

    Comment by Andrew — 10:10 pm May 2, 2014 #

  42. I really don’t care if people choose to smoke pot just di it in your own house or apartment or I’m an establishment. Not in public.

    Comment by kake — 10:11 pm May 2, 2014 #

  43. I wish the weed store could open in North Admiral where I live, own a business and raise my small children. Then I would not have to go far to get the pot I consume everyday!

    Comment by Manylikeme — 10:30 pm May 2, 2014 #

  44. So Andrew, you’re not a fan of personal freedom I take it, you seem very concerned about how others spend their time. What other types of decisions do you think the government should be making on our behalf? You must be a very productive member of society, so thanks for your contributions.

    Comment by Jason — 11:03 pm May 2, 2014 #

  45. People like to have a drink or some herbal recreation after a long hard days work. Nothing wrong with that. Prohibition only benefits the criminals. Responsible consumption of intoxicants is part of a healthy balanced life. Though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a teetotaler or weedtotaler. Actually if you practice abstinence you might even be more healthy than the rest of us. Still, marijuana users have always been all around you. Now our society is just moving in the direction of being a little more open about it and I believe that is a good thing.

    Comment by Wild One — 11:40 pm May 2, 2014 #

  46. Funny, you never see that many people complaining about people smoking cigarettes in public.

    Since when did WS have so many Quakers?

    Comment by WMF — 12:54 am May 3, 2014 #

  47. The sky is falling!

    Comment by Rick — 3:25 am May 3, 2014 #

  48. Good thing posters on here didn’t make up the voters to legalize. So conservative! Wow. Welcome to the world 2014. Most people living around you and working with you smoke pot whether you know it or not. They have families and good jobs.

    Comment by morgan 5 — 5:20 am May 3, 2014 #

  49. @ a concerned citizen: “weed stores” don’t attract crime, and the legalization and decriminalization of drugs in general takes money away from criminals. Any time you legalize and regulate a non-violent criminal activity, you by definition make it safer. So let’s say, hypothetically, that you have children. Chances are, these children of yours are going to try smoking weed at some point. Who would you rather they get it from? The dealer who skirts the law and may deal in other darker prospects (harder drugs, guns, etc), or the licensed shop that likely has knowledgable staff who can inform and advise your curious children?

    Prohibition CREATES criminal enterprise. This isn’t conjecture, we have years and years of data to look at, including a rather significant period in our own country’s history that literally carried the name of it’s mistake. There’s a reason prohibition of alcohol didn’t last very long, and eventually society will wise up to the prohibition of other non-violent, victimless crimes that we currently incarcerate massive amounts of our population for.

    Comment by coopa — 8:14 am May 3, 2014 #

  50. No kidding what’s up with all off these Quakers and nanny state supporters

    Comment by Nick — 8:16 am May 3, 2014 #

  51. Andrew, there are many people who would agree with you that recreational drug use is generally bad, who nonetheless supported legalization.
    Many voters concluded that keeping pot illegal has not been a good use of taxpayer dollars, or not a good value to taxpayers.
    Sure, as a parent I’d like to “protect” my children from certain things, such as drug use or other poor choices. But a parents’ worse nightmare is something like what happened to Michael Saffioti.

    Comment by Community Member — 8:33 am May 3, 2014 #

  52. The voters have decided. The law is the law!

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 8:42 am May 3, 2014 #

  53. So true A, in your tax comment. This sounds just like when the government pushed the Washington State Lottery trough saying funds would go to fund public schools and solve all the money problems. Where did/does that money go ? This will be no different. This state is like lots of lottery winners. Bad poor decisions with spending habits leaving them worse off than they were originally.

    Comment by wetone — 10:04 am May 3, 2014 #

  54. Lottery financial breakdown, page 3.
    59 percent goes to prizes. As for the rest, see the pie chart, and this graf: “The State Legislature decides how the government spends monies contributed by the Lottery. For fiscal years 2002 through 2004, all Lottery revenues previously transferred to the State General Fund went directly to education programs through the Student Achievement Fund and the Education Construction Fund. For fiscal years 2005 through 2010, revenues were sent to the Education Construction Fund. Beginning in fiscal year 2011, all Lottery revenues previously sent to the Education Construction Fund are now directed to the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account to fund state education programs and priorities, such as financial assistance for higher education and early childhood learning programs. The recipients of Lottery’s proceeds include the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, Economic Development Account, the Problem Gambling Account, stadium debt payments for Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field. The newest beneficiary added in fiscal year 2012 is the Veterans Innovations Program. Since inception, the Lottery has contributed more than $3.2 billion to various crucial state programs. “

    Comment by WSB — 10:22 am May 3, 2014 #

  55. Morgan.. we know they smoke pot because we can smell it. They think that’s funny too. Do you think that’s okay for those who don’t smoke?

    Comment by alki warrior — 1:57 pm May 3, 2014 #

  56. “A concerned citizen” would rather see a McDonald’s there hahaha. What do you think contributes to more health problems? McDonald’s or marijuana use?
    It scares me to know how comfortable people are being told how to live their lives by the government and large corporations.

    Comment by Jason — 2:02 pm May 3, 2014 #

  57. Thanks WSB for backing up what I said. Government said it would fund schools when they started the lotto, changed quickly as you pointed out. Now funding other things. No matter how much money they take they will keep spending as said like a irresponsible lotto winner.

    Comment by wetone — 4:59 pm May 3, 2014 #

  58. wetone, I don’t think anyone could defend how our money is spent or argue that there is a ton of waste but surely money going in beats money going out. So the lotto fund started out for funding education and votes were made then other things were added. Things change, that’s how it works.
    Why does there have to be one single reason to do anything? The legal sale of marijuana takes the tax free profits out of the pockets of dealers and creates jobs, pumps money into the economy, utilizes real estate, generates tax dollars, lets police focus on crimes with actual victims, saves us money when it comes to incarcerations, and so on. Not to mention many people use it to control pain instead of using expensive, highly addictive opiates.
    People who use marijuana are generally less aggressive and dangerous than people who abuse alcohol so it’s not like we’re adding a more dangerous drug to the mix here, it should have never been made illegal in the first place.
    The government has people so shaken up about what’s right and wrong that suddenly we’re finding it acceptable to care what people want to do in the privacy of their own homes. I could honestly care less what any of you do on a daily basis unless/until you victimize someone else.

    Comment by Jason — 6:05 pm May 3, 2014 #

  59. For the curious still reading this — why is marijuana illegal? Read this:

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 7:06 pm May 3, 2014 #

  60. Alki, as for who runs the state, it’s basically no one since the so-called “majority caucus” has done to the state government what the tea bags have done to the federal government.

    Comment by Greg — 7:11 am May 4, 2014 #

  61. If I didn’t like the smell of a barbecue grill, should I tell my neighbor to grill inside?

    How is pot smoke any different?

    Comment by WMF — 11:34 pm May 4, 2014 #

  62. According to the BOTEC, the research firm used
    by Wa state, 85% of all marijuana sold and consumed
    in Wa state is from the black market/drug cartels. 13% is from medical marijuana. 2% is home grows.

    Retail marijuana should probably get 25% if lucky.
    The majority will still be black market/drug cartels, you know, untaxed, unregulated, and don’t care who they
    sell it to. The most likely source where your under 21
    will get their pot, just like today.

    Comment by FYI — 8:58 am May 5, 2014 #

  63. If a non-controversial question falls in a comment forest, does anybody hear it?

    well, my first question didn’t go anywhere… OTOH we smelled some pot driving through our neighborhood last night; it got sucked in through the car AC i guess…. the 6 year old in the car asked what that awful smell was…. we told him it was a skunk :)

    Comment by sam-c — 1:29 pm May 5, 2014 #

  64. It will be funny when, many years from now, pot users who have dismal, mediocre lives, brain injured and dope-smoking kids, or lung disease lawyer-up and sue these pot producers and distributors in the same manner that the tobacco companies were sued for billions.

    Comment by Bradley — 12:33 pm May 6, 2014 #

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