Entrepreneurs who wanted to produce pot-infused snacks in Vashon Island’s old K2 ski plant have decided to take their business elsewhere.
A spokesman for the company told the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber on Wednesday there was too much uncertainty and delay in King County’s rezoning and permitting process for the company.
Spokesman Dan Anglin did not return messages to The Seattle Times on Wednesday. Shango Los of the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance said he heard about the decision from Anglin on Wednesday morning.
Anglin had said recently that Bakkhos Holding, the company that had a contract to buy the K2 property for $1.4 million, would decide what to do after an April 1 Metropolitan King County Council meeting.
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At a community meeting in Vashon last month, a number of residents voiced opposition to a proposal by Bakkhos to produce the EdiPure brand of snacks at K2.
Several spoke against the proposal Tuesday in council chambers.
But the real problem, as outlined earlier by Anglin, was the zoning and permitting process.
It could take up to a year, Anglin said, which was unacceptable. “That means we’re not in the market until late 2015 or 2016,” he said last week.
The council did not take action Tuesday to hasten the process. Anglin had said that would lead his company to look for sites to produce and process marijuana outside King County.
In a blog post titled “No One Wins,” Los lamented the pace of the council’s process.
Los argued that Bakkhos would likely employ people now illegally growing pot on Vashon. The products Bakkhos made would be heavily regulated by the state, he said, and less likely to to find their way into the hands of Vashon youth than illegal pot.
Bob Young: 206-464-2174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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