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Marijuana Retail Stores On Their Way

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The State of Washington is one step closer to having up to 334 marijuana retail stores opening up their doors.

The Washington State liquor Control Board approved new proposed rules this week for the upcoming sale of legal pot. To sell the product, a business will need to apply for a license and to buy it you must be at least 21-years-old. Some people have some reservations about marijuana retail stores.

"Its not something I want so accessible, around children," Julene Osborn said. "It just becomes more dangerous to the public."

Each applicant that wants to sell marijuana will go through a criminal background check, as well as a background check for any financier of the operation. Any marijuana retail store will not be allowed to be within 1,000 feet of a school, playground or other public areas.

The next step is for the Liquor Board to vote on the proposed rules in October and start reviewing applications for licenses in December.