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New limits on pot licenses

New limits on pot licenses

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Too many people want to grow marijuana in Washington State.

The state Liquor Control Board is cutting back on the number of licenses it issues and the maximum size of pot farms.

Board Spokesperson Brian Smith says they received nearly 3,000 applications.

Play Brian Smith on number of applicants

The board has decided that each applicant can only have one license instead of the three it planned to allow and those with licenses can only use 70 percent of the square-footage they applied for.

The board also says it will issue marijuana licenses to all who qualify, regardless of pot bans in local jurisdictions.

Play Brian Smith on pot bans

Whatcom County and Lynden have temporary bans in place.

Having a state license doesn’t mean a person can operate a pot shop.

Local governments will have the final say.

Economic forecasters predict that recreational pot law will bring nearly $190 million to state coffers over a four-year period.

$51 million is expected in the next two years and an additional $138 million in the following two-year budget.

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