Per the Seattle-Times, the state would license 334 pot stores, including at least 21 in Seattle and 61 in King County, under revised state rules for a recreational marijuana system.
The cap of 40 metric tons is intended to meet anticipated consumer demand that would roughly equal 25% of the total state market for legal recreational, medical and illicit-market marijuana.
State officials expect recreational weed to gain market share over time, as they modify the system to better compete on price, quality and convenience with the medical and illicit markets.
The production cap helped determine the number of stores and limits on the amount of pot that growers could produce. Under the revised rules, growing facilities could be up to 30,000 square feet, or almost three-quarters of an acre.
After holding public hearings next month, the board is expected to formally adopt the rules, which could be effective as early as mid-November.
Following background checks and other state scrutiny, licenses would be issued, crops grown and stores open by June, if not sooner.
The revised rules come less than a week after the federal Department of Justice indicated it would let Colorado and Washington proceed with tightly regulated legal pot markets, as long as they adhered to certain priorities, such as keeping their weed from leaking into other states, or into the hands of minors.
This is a partial list of the stores allocated in the Seattle-Tacoma area:
King County 61
At large 11
Federal Way 3
Snohomish County 35
At large 16
Kitsap County 10
At large 7
Bainbridge Island 2
Pierce County 31
At large 17