August 17, 2014, update.
Herbal Nation will open its doors to service the Mill Creek recreational marijuana community with a grand opening ceremony at noon on Monday, August 18, 2014.
The new business just outside of Mill Creek city limits is Snohomish County’s second recreational marijuana store. A number of other local recreational marijuana businesses are waiting for their licenses to be approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
The new store's grand opening will be a big deal according to Lauren Downes, Herbal Nation’s spokesperson, “Event exclusives include a step and repeat backdrop ‘Green Carpet’ event setting the ‘gold standard’ with surprise giveaways.”
“Herbal Nation will be fully staffed and stocked to accommodate the public’s growing demand for Seattle’s newest legal recreational cannabis retailer.”
The owners of Herbal Nation, located just south of Mill Creek in unincorporated Snohomish County, received their recreational marijuana retail license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board on Friday, July 18, 2014. They are only the second recreational retail marijuana business in the Seattle area to be licensed this year.
Herbal Nation will open soon according to Jake Ellison of the Seattle PI, “They plan to be open within a couple of weeks, though they’ll have the store ready to go sooner.”
Ellison quoted Herbal Nation spokesperson Lauren Downes as saying, “We are licensed and have the ability to open, and kind of like everyone else we’re hoping to get enough product to stay open.”
The Mill Creek City Council banned all marijuana businesses within city limits by unanimously passing an ordinance on May 27, 2014.
The Mill Creek City Council was unsure of the unintended consequences of marijuana businesses, so in part the ordinance states, “With the land use impacts of allowing marijuana land uses largely unknown, it is not in the best interest of the City to allow marijuana businesses that could potentially disrupt the City's character and serve as a nuisance to City residents.”
At the January 14, 2014, Mill Creek Planning Commission meeting where the marijuana ordinance was discussed, Shane Moloney, Mill Creek City Attorney stated, “We’re not making it criminal to possess marijuana. All we’re doing is regulating where it is sold. The opinion of the councilmembers has been that they don’t think it is appropriate to sell it or grow it within our City."
"We don’t want to take on the risks of what comes along with it. We don’t know what all will come along with it because we haven’t seen it regulated in a State like this before. So many of the consequences are unknown.”
In November of last year the Snohomish County Council decided to go along with the majority of Washington State voters and passed zoning regulations allowing the processing, production, and retail sales of recreational marijuana in specific areas of the county.
This means that a number of additional marijuana businesses will set up shop in unincorporated Snohomish County near Mill Creek.
A number of Mill Creek City Councilmembers expressed willingness to review the city’s marijuana business ban in the future as they learn from other cities’ experiences.