A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


SPD: Pot shop burglar caught after neighborhood chase

April 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police say they caught a man trying to burglarize a Greenwood marijuana shop just after midnight Wednesday.

From the SPD Blotter:

After failing to break in to a Crown Hill marijuana shop this morning, a 19-year-old burglar ditched his shirt and led police on a lengthy chase through the neighborhood.

A group of neighbors called police around 12:30 AM after they heard a repetitive hammering sound coming from the pot shop at NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW.

The hammering sound turned out to be a masked man, who was trying to pry out the window of the store with a crowbar. When he noticed neighbors watching him, he took off running.

Police arrived and began searching for the man, and Officer Enoch Lee quickly spotted the suspect—now unmasked—standing near a van on 87th and 17th NW. When the suspect saw Officer Lee, he took off running into the neighborhood.

Over the next 90 minutes, the man hopped fences and hid in yards as police—joined by K9s Ziva and Jaeger, and their handlers Officers Mark Wong and Rory Smith—pursued him.

Finally, the suspect—now shirtless—emerged near NW 83rd Street and 12th Avenue NW, where he was arrested by Officer Brandon Craig.

Police booked the 19-year-old man into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, and seized his van, which had tow hitch, and rope attached, which he may have used to rip down the pot shop’s back gate.

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Herbs House changes from medical to recreational marijuana provider

February 6th, 2015 by Doree

Herbs House, which opened as a medical marijuana collective at 716 NW 65th St. in the fall 2013, has changed to be a recreational marijuana shop, after the passage of Initiative 502.

As a medical marijuana collective inside a 1920s Craftsman in Ballard/Phinney, Herbs House also had an organic café and juice bar open to the general public. In a press release, Herbs House says it is currently working with the Liquor Control Board in the hopes of one day reopening the medical marijuana collective and the café in the same space as the recreational marijuana shop.


Photo courtesy of Herbs House.

Herbs House will have its grand opening as a recreational shop all day on Saturday.

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Potential legal pot store locations in Phinney-Greenwood

May 3rd, 2014 by Dale

Two winning locations in the Liquor Control Board’s lottery to open 21 legal pot stores in Seattle are on the edges of the PhinneyWood neighborhood.

And if some of the top 21 applicants fail to qualify, three neighborhood locations in the high 20s in the lottery could get an opportunity to open up shop.

In order for that to happen, some of the top 21 applicants must fail the more rigorous process to actually open. To get a license, the applicants must get approval of their financial and operations plans, pass criminal background checks, build their stores and pass a final inspection. If that doesn’t happen, the Liquor Control Board will start working its way down the lottery list to reach the 21 store limit set for Seattle.

The two closest locations in the top 21 are:

#3 in the lottery: GG Gourmet Enterprises, 9550 Aurora Ave. N

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#13: Bud Bouquets, 817 NW 85th St., which currently houses Blend Herbal Spa

817 NW 85th St Seattle

If at least five of the top 21 fail to qualify, Phinney-Greenwood could have pot stores in its future. The three locations outside the top 21 are:

#26 in the lottery: Paradoxical, 323 N 105th St.

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#27: Herb’s House, which now runs a medical marijuana clinic and cafe at 716 NW 65th St.

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#29: Green Connection Northwest, 417 NW 65th St.

417 NW 65th St Seattle

According to The Seattle Times, state officials are set to start issuing licenses starting in early July.

Our sister site, My Ballard, has a story about five pot store locations in Ballard making the top 21. And a story by our news partners The Seattle Times, goes into more detail about the lottery across the rest of the city and state.

Visit the Liquor Control Board site for a full list of lottery results. (Click the Marijuana Lottery Results link).

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Naked City’s next Humanities WA presentation – ‘An Even Greener Washington: The Future of Marijuana Post-I-502’

February 7th, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse and Humanities Washington’s popular Think & Drink series is back on Tuesday, Feb. 19 with a hot topic.

“An Even Greener Washington: The Future of Marijuana Post-I-502” features attorney and author of I-502 Alison Holcomb, and Seattle Police Department Public Affairs Director Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. It will be moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.

Think & Drink begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Naked City, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Admission is free; food and drinks are on you.

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Seattle Times: 2 hurt in Greenwood while trying to cook marijuana

March 10th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Times reports that two Greenwood residents were seriously burned Wednesday afternoon after a kitchen fire started while they were trying to cook marijuana on their stove.

From the Times:

Seattle Fire Department medics responded to the fire at 10724 Fremont Ave. N. around 5:45 p.m., spokeswoman Sue Stangl said. It appears the two people may have been attempting to make hemp oil, which is sold in some stores as a nutritional supplement, when a fire started on the stove and spread rapidly. The fire broke a window and damaged several kitchen appliances.

You can read the Times’ full story here.

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