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More marijuana business filings in Lower Valley

Moratorium or no, there are two hopefuls wanting to establish a marijuana retail store in Sunnyside.

That’s according to the latest application update provided by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

One of the sites applying for retail sales here is Vibrant Health at 508 Yakima Valley Hwy., and the other lists only a mailbox address with Ace Postal at 1726 Gregory Ave. Ext.

Sunnyside has in place a moratorium on receiving any applications for marijuana-related sales, producing or processing.

Two other retail applications in the Lower Valley were also submitted recently, according to state liquor control board data. Those were by All Kinds at 470 Canyon Rd. in the Grandview area and C&D Market at 426 Main St. in Mabton.

In the update provided last week, there were also six new sites seeking to produce or grow marijuana.

The applicants are Phat & Ugly at 1601 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside (site of the Maverik gas station/convenience store according to county records), High Ridge Herbs at 2421 Alderdale Rd. near Mabton, Nature’s Path at 414 West Blvd. N. in Granger, Acme Acres at 1845 Gurley Rd, also near Granger, and two applications submitted by Double Dutch and Double Dutch LLC at 351 W. Merz Rd., near Sunnyside.

The deadline to submit applications for retail, production or processing of marijuana was last Friday.

According to the Liquor Control Board’s website, the list of applicants will next be updated tomorrow, Tuesday.

In other action last week, the board also issued its recommendations to the legislature regarding the regulation of medical marijuana.

The board accepted many of the staff recommendations with one major exception regarding the recommended prohibition on home growing of medical marijuana. The board is recommending allowing authorized medical marijuana patients up to six plants for personal use.

“This decision is based on multiple conversations with the medical community, medical marijuana dispensary owners, medical professionals and others,” the board said in a released statement. “Opinions are diverse. Ultimately, if a medical professional believes an authorized patient may benefit from the medical use of marijuana, we recommend that that individual may grow a limited number of plants at home for personal use.”

The medical marijuana process now moves to the legislature for consideration during the 2014 legislative session.

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