Wash. to issue 334 licenses for legal pot stores

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 7: A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)


by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff


Posted on September 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:39 AM

SEATTLE – The Washington State Liquor Control Board released a detailed county-by-county breakdown on the number of retail licenses it will issue for selling marijuana.

On Wednesday, the board said to will grant a total of 334 licenses for stores to sell pot in the newest phase in the implementation of I-502, the state ballot measure legalizing marijuana in Washington on Dec. 6.

PDF: Washington marijuana retail store locations

Clark county will be granted 15 licenses with 6 granted to Vancouver. Seattle will be allowed up to 21 stores.

The board also said it will cap Washington production of marijuana at 40 metric tons.

The board will start to review applications in November with some likely issued in March. Selling at retail locations may begin as soon as June.

WSLCB I-502 implementation page

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will not try to stop recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.

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