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Nearly 4,000 Applications to Grow, Process and Sell Marijuana

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The Washington State Liquor Control Board is sorting through nearly 4,000 applications to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana. The Washington State Liquor Control Board is sorting through nearly 4,000 applications to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana.

SEATTLE, WA - The Washington State Liquor Control Board is sorting through nearly 4,000 applications to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana. 

The board says it received 3,746 applications from people who want to work in the state's new pot industry. 

867 applications are for proposed retail outlets. The state is planning to cap the number of pot shops at 334 statewide, so some areas are expected to face a lottery for retail licenses. Ten stores will be allowed in Benton County, five in Franklin County, 4 in Kittitas and Walla Walla Counties, and 14 in Yakima County.

The application window closed last week, but board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter says there is still a backlog of submissions that haven't been processed yet.

He says investigators have already started reviewing applicants, and the state hopes to begin issuing licenses at the end of February.

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