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Wash. puts stricter limits on marijuana growers

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Washington is reducing the legal growing space for marijuana producers by 30 percent. (Source: KCPQ/FOX) Washington is reducing the legal growing space for marijuana producers by 30 percent. (Source: KCPQ/FOX)

SEATTLE (KCPQ/FOX) - Washington is making major changes to rules regulating the sale of legalized marijuana because of the large amount of potential retailers.

The liquor control board will limit the number of licenses a grower can have from three to one and slice the amount of growing space by 30 percent.

That's because more than 7,000 people have applied for licenses. They could use about 35 million square feet of growing space, far more than can be sold in stores.

Experts say excess marijuana would hit the black market, go across state lines and create a target for federal law enforcement.

Chris Kealy and his investors have already spent millions converting a building, and he has space reserved at another building for thousands more plants.

However, he understands this is new territory for everyone, including the state.

"It's just not ever been done anywhere in the world at this level," Kealy said. "So when you're doing a worldwide change of attitude, give these guys a little space."

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