Pot shops will start popping up all over the state next year, but the licensing period underway right now is helping officials determine who has put serious thought into crafting a plan for running a recreational marijuana store and who hasn't.
Whether you want to buy at 420 Pot Shop or New Amsterdam, marijuana is coming to Washington.
One potential shop owner clearly has an extensive plan in Spokane Valley. He applied to have a shop called Treehouse Club in this location about 30 feet from a McDonald's. Others like Scott Fox have plans of their own.
"We've been open about a year here, and we're hoping to be able to move into retail under I-502," Fox said.
Fox owns a medical marijuana dispensary and hopes to open "Sam Fox Iincorporated" on East Sprague Avenue.
"We have the experience, we have the know how. This is what we do every single day. That's the way the industry is moving, so we'd like to move along with it," he explained.
In Spokane Valley the owners of Dr. Greenthumb hope to also covert their dispensary into "509 Cannabis Stop and Shop."