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State OKs 334 marijuana retail stores

The state will allow up to 334 marijuana retail stores to open across Washington under the latest revised rules proposed Wednesday by the state Liquor Control Board.

King County will get 61 pot stores, with one-third of those stores located in Seattle. Pierce County will get 31 stores, including eight in Tacoma. Snohomish County could see 35 pot stores and Thurston County will get 11 — including two in Olympia.

The full list of cities is available here. The number of retail stores was decided based on population and marijuana consumption estimates made by the state’s pot consultant, BOTEC Analysis Corporation.

Retail stores will likely open in June of next year, according to board members.

Under the revised rules, entrepreneurs cannot open more than three marijuana retail stores, and they’ll be limited to three producer or processor licensees.

Liquor Control Board Director Rick Garza said those limits came in response to the most common request the board heard from the public at its meetings. People in the marijuana industry wanted to make sure that small business owners weren’t edged out by large corporations, he said.

“Limiting to three per individual or business is a way of doing that,” Garza said.

Read the full revised rules here. The board is accepting public comments on the rules for the next 30 days.

TVW taped Wednesday’s board meeting — watch it here.

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