Product is required to be quarantined for 24 hours before sale to allow for the possibility of random inspection by the state Liquor Control Board.
"The board has no experience with marijuana," Houston told MainStreet. When recreational marijuana use went legal on January 1 of this year in Colorado, a state agency called the Marijuana Enforcement Division had been established since 2010.
"The key difference with Washington state is that Colorado had a system working well for medical and only had to flip the switch to include recreational," said Houston.
While Evich will find out on Monday whether he has been chosen to enter the lucrative recreational marijuana market, GFarmaLabs CEO Ata Gonzalez is scrambling.
"We applied for a producer /processor license in Washington months ago but there's a ban in Yakima County where our office is located," said Gonzalez. "The old guard is still in place there."
Yakima, Pierce and Wenatchee have similar bans as Clark County, whose commissioners voted to stop all growing, processing and selling of recreational marijuana within its jurisdiction despite marijuana's now-legal status in Washington.
"We don't want our grow to be in Seattle or Western Washington because it rains a lot," Gonzalez told MainStreet. Gonzalez chose Yakima to build a grow facility because of the sunny weather.
--Written by Juliette Fairley for MainStreet