Hundreds apply to grow, process and sell marijuana in Washington

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TUMWATER — Washington 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, with more pouring in. Many other people applied in person. The state will accept the applications for the next month.

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

The state says it will cap the number of retail stores at 334 statewide, with 21 in Seattle, which could prompt a lottery for those licenses.

Last year voters in Washington passed Initiative 502, which made the recreational use of marijuana legal for adults over 21.