Marijuana Lottery Winners Announced

(CBS Seattle/AP) — Applicants interested in starting a marijuana retail business found out Friday whether they won the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s lottery.

More than 3,700 applications were submitted and of those, 1,200 were selected for the lottery. But the process doesn’t end there. Not all of the lottery winners will actually be able to set up shop. The winners will now go through another screening process, which will include criminal background checks and financial investigations.

Losers can appeal, and according to KING 5, some are planning a lawsuit saying the process wasn’t fair. Applicants could be disqualified for a number of reasons including being too close to a school or park. The Liquor Control Board said its confident in its process and double-checked every application.

The agency is expected to start issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July. It has already issued 25 producer and processor licenses.

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