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License Application Window To Open For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Washington

The license application window opens Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state that want to continue to operate.

A new state law requires Washington’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry to comply with the state’s regulated recreational pot rules.

Not all dispensaries will qualify and the state will prioritize applicants based on a variety of factors. Those include: a record of paying taxes, no criminal history, as well as store location.

While the license application period is opening now, the new regulatory structure won’t actually take effect until next July.

It’s estimated there are more than 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington. By comparison, the state has licensed just over 200 recreational pot shops.

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