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How close can a new WA pot store be to a rest area? Answer: As close as they would like according to state officials. How close can a new WA pot store be to a rest area? Answer: As close as they would like according to state officials.
NBCRightNow.com – How close can a new WA pot store be to a rest area? Answer: As close as they would like according to state officials.

There are still many gray areas in the legislation for new pot stores as we edge closer to their opening days. One of the big ordinances in the I-502 implementation is that no pot retail stores or growing operations can be within 1,000 feet of a park or public area.

One of our viewers pointed to the rest area in Prosser. He sent us a map that showed a recent retail pot lottery winner lists their address about 600 feet away from the rest area near Wine Country Road.

The best way to figure out the ordinance was to ask the people who created it. When we contacted the WA State Liquor Control Board, they explained to us that a rest area is not a park. They have even had to create their own definition of what makes a park a park. 

"Park is a very broad thing. People have various interpretations of what that actually means. We had to define it and then we have to do our best to be able to stick to that definition as we go through and decide whether something is within 1,000 feet or not," explained Brian Smith who works as a spokesperson for the control board.

The official definition states a park is land used for public rest or recreation and specifically lists anything with a baseball field or basketball court. The officials we spoke with told us clearly that these rest areas are not going to be considered parks.
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