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Washington Judge Won't Halt Pot-License Lottery

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A Superior Court judge has refused to stop the release of the names of Washington pot-license lottery winners in parts of two counties while several applicants appeal their disqualifications. A Superior Court judge has refused to stop the release of the names of Washington pot-license lottery winners in parts of two counties while several applicants appeal their disqualifications.
    
OLYMPIA, WA - A Superior Court judge has refused to stop the release of the names of Washington pot-license lottery winners in parts of two counties while several applicants appeal their disqualifications.
    
The state Liquor Control Board is holding lotteries for each part of the state where there's competition for a limited number of retail licenses to operate marijuana stores. The lotteries took place last week. The board expects to announce the lottery winners' names soon, then start considering applications for 334 licenses.
    
Applicants Angel Swanson and Mark Dixon asked Thurston County Judge Carol Murphy to stop the release of names of winners in their parts of Pierce and Skagit counties while they appeal their disqualifications. She declined Wednesday.
    
Murphy says she realizes there are serious rights at issue. She says her denial was based in part on Washington state's representation that there may be an adequate remedy for disqualified applicants who appeal successfully.
    
A lawyer for the state acknowledged it's not clear what that remedy would be.
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