Revised Pot Rules Allow 334 Retail Stores In Washington

By Austin Jenkins

Washington could have as many as 334 marijuana retail stores statewide. That’s the cap proposed Wednesday by the state’s Liquor Control Board.

Rural Ferry County in northeast Washington would only be allowed one pot retailer. But populous King County could have 61, including 21 stores in the city of Seattle. No so-called potrepreneur could operate more than three stores. Liquor Board member Chris Marr says that rule is designed to keep monopolies at bay.

Chris Marr: “I think avoids the type of market dominated by a few large players which I think the input we received, people wanted to avoid which could drive up prices and encourage the type of aggressive marketing that I believe we want to move away from.”

Realistically, the Board predicts the first pot stores will open next June. Other new rules would cap marijuana production in Washington at two million square feet – or about half the size of Boeing’s Everett factory. The total amount of marijuana that could be produced annually would be limited to 40 metric tons.

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