November 19, 2019
Meeting was called to order by Carol Johnson at 7:33am. Charlie M. led the flag salute.
Thought of the Day:
Peggy gave a history moment.
Jack moved to accept November 12 meeting minutes, seconded by Julie H. Motion carried.
Michael Holiday from Farmers Insurance.
Carol asked for nominationsfor PABA board member and officers.
A sympathy card was circulated for Jim Moran, service is Saturday, noon, at the Senior Center. At Steve Bearman’s suggestion, Jim M. moved that PABA write a letter of sympathy. Second by Steve B. Motion passed.
Marc reported that the Chamber is building the ice village, it will use city power, a thousand volunteer spots are filling up and the grand opening celebration is 5:30pm on Friday.
Chamber After Hours this Thursday is at the rink.
Chamber is also altering its bylaws to include a Port Angeles student. Future Business Leaders of America high school student Leo Ahlburg is the representative and will hold a board position.
Steve B. and Brian Albright helped set up a live video feed through Skatecam.org.
The new Panto soft opening, admission by donation, is Thursday, Dec. 5 at Edna’s Place. Performances start the next day. Jazz in the Olympics is returning in 2020 and will be at Edna’s Place.
Comments close in about a week for the Rayonier clean up.
Program: Malik & Vivian Atwater, Mister Buds
Their purpose is to show it’s a business like any other. All of their revenue is online unlike other businesses.
Malik talked about the process of buying the building in 2006 renovating it in 2012 for the sit-down restaurant.
In November 2012, I-502 passed. Thirty-four applicants took part in the lottery with ten retail licenses awarded in April 2014. They knew nothing about the business.
Year-end Sales for 2015 was $395,000 and taxes paid was $159,735. Customers pay 37% sales tax. 2016 year end sales was $911,950 and taxes paid was $403,577. They have over 34 vendors and 206 strains. 2019 sales are $2,084,150, taxes paid are $931,207.
They are number one in the area due to great employees and working hard. They can’t sell t-shirts or anything that isn’t used to smoke. Prices range from $3 – $16 per gram. They largest you can buy is an ounce. They cannot take credit cards and have 2 ATMs. Everything is locked up at night. Employees are well paid and have full insurance.
They can’t sell before 8am and close at 11pm, 7 days a week. Everything is labeled with tracking numbers and strongly regulated. Customers are from 21 to 80+ years old and from all walks of life.
Sound Community has just started banking for marijuana, and they are in the beta program. There is special pickup for money, which is not co-mingled with any other bank money. They used to pay WA state and the liquor board in cash, due to no bank opening an account for them.
They give back to the community by supporting the 4th of July Parade, and advertising for the business in general is limited.
Dick P. moved to extend the meeting for up to 15 minutes, second by Edna. Motion passed.
Employees can give no medical advice, but they sell products for patients coming in during chemo and for after surgery pain. Medical card holders don’t pay sales tax, but they don’t have many of those customers. More than half are people experiencing pain. They have signs discouraging vaping but there still seems to be a market.
Police struggle with possible high drivers. Customers need to put purchases in their trunk or a secure place. Dave Neupert added that the legislature enacted a legal limit of 5 nanograms of THC per liter of blood which can only happen as a result of a search warrant. There is no breath test. State requirements regulate inventory strictly and their POS system is connected to the state. They are accountable for everything.
Their money held at Sound Community is not insured by the FDIC. They now have checking account but aren’t allowed a debit card.
There was discussion about CBC not getting users high and the business is not seasonal.
Nov 26: Marty Brewer, PASD Superintendent, Capital Funding Measure
Dec 2: Danetta Rutton, PASD Truancy Committee
Meeting adjourned at 8:45am.