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Marijuana growers seek licenses around state

Map courtesy of Gina Boysun, Spokesman.com Online Director.

The demand for licenses to grow legal marijuana in Washington is growing — if you'll forgive the expression — like a weed.

In the first two weeks that it has been accepting license applications for marijuana businesses, the state has received 634 requests. There are three different “tiers” for growers, depending on how much area they plan to plant. But if all of the licenses were granted and planted to the maximum allowed, it would amount to almost 9.4 million square feet of land planted to marijuana.

This is a bit of a problem because the state is only planning to license 2 million square feet. The state Liquor Control Board will announce plans for meeting its limits for the licenses that are granted early next year. 

In the map above, the red pins represent Tier 1 applications, which are 2,000 square feet or less, the yellow pins represent Tier 2 applications for 2,000 to 10,000 square feet, and the green pins represent Tier 3 applications for 10,000 to 30,000 square feet.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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