Washington state would license 334 pot stores under revised state rules for a recreational marijuana system reported by the Seattle Times. Total pot production would be capped at 40 metric tons next year in rules approved yesterday by the state Liquor Control Board. The cap is intended to meet anticipated consumer demand that would roughly equal 25 percent of the total state market for legal recreational, medical, and illicit-market marijuana.
State officials expect recreational weed to gain market share over time, as they modify the system to better compete on price, quality and convenience with the medical and illicit markets. Alison Holcomb, chief author of the state's recreational-pot law, praised the revised rules as thoughtful and responsive.