Marijuana licenses up for grab statewide

Washington state on Monday began accepting applications to grow, process and sell marijuana under its new legal pot law — and hundreds of people applied.

The Department of Revenue said that by 2 p.m. it had received 299 completed online applications, and more were pouring in. Many other people applied in person. The state is accepting the applications for the next month.

Applicants must undergo background checks, be residents of Washington, and have their business areas inspected by the state. They also have to pay a non-refundable $250 fee.

The state says it will cap the number of retail stores at 334 statewide, with 6 in Grays Harbor.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board announced that licenses will be allocated by population, with a limit on how many can be situated in each of the state’s larger cities.

Under the new regulations, 1 location will be allowed within Aberdeen, 1 in Hoquiam, 1 in Ocean Shores, and 3 other “At Large” within the county.

Pacific County will only be allowed 2 locations county wide.

It is not known at this time how many applications were submitted from Grays Harbor and Pacific County.

The Aberdeen City Council passed an ordinance last month that made a significant amendment to their zoning codes to prepare for the legalization of marijuana.

The council passed the ordinance that only allows retail locations in the industrial and light-industrial districts.




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