As part of Initiative 502, the approved ballot measure which permitted legal sales of recreational marijuana, the state of Washington was obliged to provide a report on how the implementation of the law was proceeding. That initial report has now been released, and it higlights some interesting information.
- As of June 30 of this year, there were 162 licensed marijuana retailers operating in the state - along with 36 processors, 67 producers, and 295 (dual-licensed) producer/processors.
- Ten counties have currently enacted bans on marijuana sales and/or production, and many more municipalities have done the same.
- There are 34 pot retailers in King County, 15 in Shonomish County, 14 in Spokane County, and 12 in Pierce County. No other county has more than 9 retailers.
- Perhaps not surprisingly, most of the retailers tend to be located on or near major roadways in the state, especially along Interstate 6.
- As expected, King County boasts the most sales of recreation marijuana at just shy of $25 million.
- But the county with the most per capita pot sales is Klickitat County, which is just north of the Oregon border. For each resident of the county, buyers purchased $65.80 worth of marijuana. The county only has three pot retailers - two right on the state border and a third on Highway 97.
- Clark County is second in per capita sales at $56.93, but leads the state in average sales per retailer. The county's seven pot retailers have each averaged more than $3.5 million in sales.
- Surveys conducted across the state indicate that youth use of marijuana has remained the same or dropped since marijuana was legalized.
The next scheduled report will be submitted on or before September 1, 2017.