Because of a glut in marijuana growing license applications, the Washington state Liquor Control Board today reduced the number of licenses issued and the amount that farmers can grow.
The board limited growers to just one license, instead of the three initially allowed in rules; it also reduced the amount of growing space.
The problem is that growing applications would have led to 35 million square feet of farms, according to the board. But the state has capped production space at 2 million square feet to meet expected consumer demand.
The first part of the solution is to cut back growers from three allotted licenses to one each.
Under the state rules there are three tiers of licenses, based on size. The smallest tier allowed up to 2,000 square feet; the next smallest allowed up to 10,000 square feet; and the largest allowed up to 30,000 square feet.
The second part of the board’s fix reduced all licensees to 70 percent of their maximum tier size.
The reduction is likely to spark protests from some applicants who have secured property large enough for three of the top-tier growing licenses.