WA retail pot seller lottery starts Monday

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 1:36 PM

SEATTLE -- A three-day lottery to whittle down applicants for retail marijuana sales in Washington begins Monday, with some involved in the process skeptical about its potential for success.

Initiative 502, approved by Washington voters, allows recreational marijuana use statewide, but also limits the location of pot stores to select areas.  334 retail licenses will be given out by the Washington Liquor Control Board, divided up between cities and counties across the state.

"It's going to be a bloodbath," commented marijuana activist and medical pot dispensary seller John Davis, "To begin with, (marijuana) is going to be too expensive.  There's going to be all these amateurs getting into the market, causing problems."

12 marijuana growing licenses have already been approved.  However, Davis, and other marijuana advocates, suggest they will not be able to supply the stores due to open later this year.

"I think initially, you're going to have something that does not look like success," said Davis.

A phone call to the Liquor Control Board late Sunday was not returned.

Despite concerns for the success of implementation, Sunday was a day of celebration for pot supporters.  Several "4/20" events took place across the Seattle area.

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