Sticky’s pot shop owner to pay county $112,500

Emerald Enterprises, the owner of now-closed Sticky’s Pot Shop, has reached an settlement to pay fines stemming from defying Clark County’s ban on leisure marijuana retailing in unincorporated elements of the county.

Sticky’s owner John Larson should pay a civil penalty of $112,500 to the county beneath the stipulated judgment filed in Clark County Superior Court.

Emerald Enterprises had already paid a $205,000 penalty in 2017 in compliance with a collection of judicial rulings that discovered the corporate in violation of the county’s prohibition. The settlement filed March 1 now requires $112,500 of that to be paid to the county and $92,500 to be returned to Larson.

Larson didn’t reply by press time to an e mail in search of remark.

The settlement comes because the county could also be reconsidering its ban.

Sticky’s, 9411 N.E. Highway 99, closed final July. Emerald Enterprises, which owns Sticky’s, first tried to function a marijuana shop in Hazel Dell in 2014.

Washington voters legalized the sale of leisure marijuana in 2012 with the passage of Initiative 502, and Clark County has had a ban in place since that point. Whether native governments can proceed to ban the sale of their jurisdictions was not made clear, however it had been the opinion of lawmakers, regulation enforcement officers and now the courts that it was inside native officers’ energy to impose bans.

Because marijuana shops will not be permitted beneath Clark County’s improvement code, the county issued two orders to Emerald Enterprises to cease marijuana gross sales. The county listening to examiner affirmed the orders in March 2016, assessed a $1,500 civil penalty and ordered that a penalty of $500 a day would accrue till Sticky’s house owners complied.

A Clark County Superior Court decide affirmed the listening to examiner’s determination in August 2016. The courtroom stopped enforcement of the fines after Emerald Enterprises posted a $105,000 bond. That was elevated to $205,000 in June 2017.

Talks between Emerald Enterprises and the county about how that complete must be dispersed, following the closure of Sticky’s, unfolded since July.

Sticky’s closed after the state Supreme Court declined to hear a case led by the embattled marijuana retailer that might have lifted the ban on leisure marijuana gross sales in unincorporated Clark County. The courtroom’s determination affirmed a Washington Court of Appeals, Division II, ruling upholding the ban.

Meanwhile, the Clark County Council will doubtless talk about repealing its ban towards leisure marijuana gross sales at an April three workshop.

“I’m not in favor of it, but we have three councilors who would like to start looking at that possibility,” Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring stated Friday.

Quiring stated Councilors John Blom, Temple Lentz and Julie Olson have been no less than in favor of opening a dialogue about lifting the ban.

The council mentioned the ban at an almost 2 1/2 -hour particular work session in May, the second of two work periods the council held final yr on the subject. Since then, two councilors have left: Jeanne Stewart, who was opposed to lifting the ban, and former Council Chair Marc Boldt, who had been open to lifting the ban however later reversed his place.

Quiring stated she was opposed to lifting the ban as a result of she believes any income features for the county can be greater than offset by added regulation enforcement and social providers bills.


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