On Wednesday, the state's Liquor Control Board determined that 334 retailers will be licensed to sell pot to the state's residents. The number of licensees will be distributed in line with the state's population. For example, King County will get 61 marijuana-retailing locations, with 21 of them being placed inside the Seattle city limits. The precise pot-selling locations were not revealed; the board will begin applications for licenses on November 18.
The LCB also announced some other clarifications regarding the rules about marijuana legalization. One of them addressed ownership of licenses: no single entity may own more than three retailer, producer, or processor licenses. This measure is an effort to prevent market concentration of legal marijuana being monopolized by a single company.
The board also said that pot growing facilities may be as large at 30,000 square feet (which is still smaller than a football field). Perhaps the most curious ruling from the LCB was its statute-imposed maximum marijuana production. No more than 40 metric tons (or less than 88,200 pounds) of pot may be produced in the state in a single year. The board estimates that amount to be 25% of Washington's total demand for medical, legal recreational, and black market marijuana. Which begs the question: where does the state think that the vast majority of pot will come from?
And wouldn't it be in Washington's best interest to endeavor to satisfy as close to 100% of the demand as possible?
These rules aren't set in stone: public hearings will begin soon, and they cannot be finally adopted by the LCB until October 16.