444 Apply to Grow Marijuana In Most Counties Of Washington State


After the first week of applications for pot-business licenses, it's apparent people want to grow weed all over Washington state, reports the Seattle Times. Aspiring growers are seeking licenses in 34 of 39 counties in a total of 444 applications.

Retail stores were not quite so popular, with 158 applicants for 334 state stores. A number of cities, including Seattle and Tacoma, already have more retail-store applicants than allotted stores, likely triggering state-run lotteries for those licenses. An additional 327 applicants sought processing licenses. While there is no cap on the number of growing and processing licenses, the abundance of potential growers could lead to changes in the state's plans. The state has set rules for 2 million square feet of growing space. If all growers used the maximum space allowed under the licenses they're seeking, the state could have about 6 million square feet of pot production.

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