Plans to open retail pot store in Union Gap

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UNION GAP, Wash. -- A day after the Union Gap City Council said "yes" to legal pot, one man's plan for greener pastures is taking shape. He's on course to open the first retail pot store in Yakima County. It's something other communities have been shying away from.

The business will be called The Slow Burn. Tuesday night's vote helped Ken Weaver clear a big hurdle. He's already leasing a spot on Main Street. Weaver says there's a lot of work to be done before he can open.

Ken Weaver started planning to get into the pot business almost a year ago. He runs the Weaver Flower Company with his brother. Now, it's time to get the family into the business of pot.

"It's always exciting to do something like this," said Ken.

He has reason to be excited after the Union Gap City Council gave the OK to pot businesses. His plans for a retail store called The Slow Burn got lottery priority from the state Liquor Control Board. His application still has to be approved.

"We're going to have the whole place lined with monitors just like you do at McDonald's when you come in: reading what's on the menu, how it's made, what's in it, what it does, the effect," said Ken.

His store would go here in a building he's leasing from True's Auto on Main Street. It doubles as a used car lot right now.

Ken says he plans to expand the building by another 30 feet. If all goes to plan, he'll be able to open shop in August.

"There's so many unknowns about this business, you have no idea what to expect," said Ken.

Tracie Alviso lives a few blocks away from the spot where Ken plans to open The Slow Burn. She's not worried about being so close with her kids to the business.

"I'm not too concerned," said Tracie. "I think it's going to be more like another shop coming in, more support for the community for income into the area."

Ken says he knows nothing about marijuana, but sees as it as a business opportunity. And, because it's a new venture for him and the state, he's following the rules specified in I-502 closely. That includes installing security cameras for round-the-clock monitoring.

Ken Weaver says he spoke to the Liquor Control Board this morning. He says the board told him his application could be approved in as little as six weeks.