Wash. Cuts Size, Number of Legal Marijuana Grows

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state is dealing with a glut of would-be legal marijuana growers by cutting back on the number of licenses it issues and the maximum size of pot farms.

The state Liquor Control Board received more than 2,800 applications from people hoping to grow the marijuana that will supply Washington's recreational marijuana stores when they open later this year. In all, those applications would have covered 36 million square feet of marijuana plants -- far more than the 2 million the board wanted produced initially.

To solve the problem, the board voted unanimously Wednesday to limit applicants to one license apiece, rather than three. And it decided to allow growers to produce 70 percent of the maximum growing space they applied for.

The board says it expects to issue its first licenses around March 1.

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