Results of retail marijuana store license lottery announced

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today posted the results of marijuana retail store lotteries on the public records section of its website. Earlier this week applicants were notified of their standing on each ranked-ordered list produced by 75 lotteries. *
The independent, double-blind process took place April 21-25, 2014, and produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores allotted for that jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the WSCLB will withdraw the application and move to the next license application on the list.

Jurisdictions Requiring a Lottery
1,174 applicants were included in the lottery

o    75 jurisdictions required a lottery
o    47 jurisdictions did not require a lottery

The agency contracted with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center of Washington State University and the accounting firm for Washington’s Lottery, Kraght-Snell of Seattle, to independently produce rank-ordered lists of applicants in each jurisdiction where a lottery is necessary. Being identified as the apparent successful applicant is not a guarantee that the selected applicant will receive a license. There are multiple requirements for licensure such as the applicant must pass a criminal history and financial investigation as well as have a location that is not within 1,000 feet of a school, park or other area specified by Initiative 502 as places where children congregate.

Next Steps
The agency has begun processing the retail applications. Licensing staff will continue to process producer, processor and retailer simultaneously. As of April 30, the WSLCB has issued 25 producer and processor licenses. The agency expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July. 

* The lottery results for Longview were stayed by the Cowlitz County Superior Court pending a May 7, 2014 hearing.

Hoquiam looks to ban all marijuana business until it’s federally legal

The Hoquiam city council last night took one step closer to a ban on all marijuana businesses. Councilman Paul McMillan amended their planning commission report that recommended all marijuana processing, producing, and retailing businesses be located in the city’s industrial zones. “Until federal law is amended to permit the growing, distribution, and possession of marijuana, or until a court of competent jurisdiction determines that local governments in Washington state may permit such uses, the city of Hoquiam will adhere to federal law and will not authorize these activities.”
City council adopted the amended report, with “no” votes from councils Ben Winkleman and Jasmine Dickoff. Mayor Jack Durney also recommended that council Richard Pennant recuse himself from the vote and conversation as he admitted that he has applied for a business license.
The report also recommends prohibiting all collective gardens within city limits. It will now be moved on to their land use hearing examiner, and will come back to the council in the form of a proposed ordinance in the coming month.

Cantwell Statement on NOAA Withholding Requested Information

“As Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, these are standard questions to be asked of any acquisition or procurement process within my jurisdiction. I look forward to reviewing these materials, and hope that we’ll discover NOAA did all its homework. The flaws already uncovered by the GAO decision makes this review even more important to get right – so we’re not going to get too far ahead of the reading of the material. The most important thing is to determine whether NOAA followed clear, fair and transparent rules in making its recommendation to the Secretary.”

Counterfeit bills surfacing in Kitsap County

The pen test commonly used by many to identify counterfeit money isn't enough, anymore, to tell that some bills are phony. Perpetrators are using real money paper which can pass the pen test. The pen can only tell if the paper is authentic or not… if the money has been washed and you have a fake $100 bill, it's no good and you're out of money.

Patrol deputies and detectives follow-up in these investigations, although leads are often sparse. In some instances counterfeiters are apprehended. Investigations are lengthy and require an extensive documentation process. Most counterfeiters move on as the fake money is passed. It's the unknowing, innocent person who becomes yet another victim when they attempt to use counterfeit money as legal tender.

Cashiers, bank tellers, restaurant staff and even the weekend yard sale hostess… anyone who deals with cash should take a few seconds to look at various security features that are built into every bill.

Look and Feel
This is as far as most people go, and it's good enough most of the time. U. S. bank notes are printed on special paper that's 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen. The linen gives it an extra stiffness that's distinctive. There are red and blue fibers imbedded in the paper. Bank notes are printed with a process called "intaglio" that leaves ink on top of the paper, giving the money a distinctive texture. The printing is
very high quality, so the lines are sharp and clear, not broken, fuzzy or blobby.

Color-Shifting Ink
Bank notes larger than the $5 bill use color-shifting ink to print the number showing the denomination in the lower-right-hand corner. Look at the numbers head-on, and then from an angle. For genuine notes the color will shift (copper-to-green or green-to-black). You can get this far pretty discreetly. Check the look and feel of the bill automatically as soon it is handed to you. You can confirm the color-shifting ink with a quick glance. Going further will require that you hold the note up to the light, which is basically saying that you think that you might have received counterfeit money. A lot of people hesitate
to do this, but it's the next step if you want to be sure.

Watermark
All bills larger than a $2 now have a watermark; hold the bill up to the light to see it. For the $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills, the image matches the portrait. You can use the watermark to spot bills that have been bleached and reprinted with a higher denomination. The watermark is part of the paper and is visible from the rear of the note as well.

Security Thread
All bills larger than a $2 have a security thread running vertically through the bill. Like the watermark, you hold the bill up to the light to see it. The thread has text with the bill's denomination and an image that is unique to that denomination. The different denominations have the threads in different places, again so you can spot bills that have been bleached and reprinted with a higher denomination. The threads also glow different colors under ultraviolet light.

Genuine Bills
If a bill:
* Looks and feels like a U. S. bank note
* Has color-shifting ink
* Has a watermark that matches the portrait
* And has a security thread with text that matches the denomination
Then it's almost certainly a genuine bill.

If you believe that you may be in possession of counterfeit money, please contact the law enforcement agency serving your jurisdiction, or check with your financial institution. They are willing to assist with counterfeit money detection. If you have been scammed by accepting counterfeit money in exchange for
merchandise sold or services provided, please file a case report with your law enforcement agency.