The rush for one of the state's retail marijuana licenses is about to begin.
The Liquor Control Board will issue 334 licenses statewide sometime next spring. Application review will start in November.
The board will issue 18 licenses for Spokane County, although 11 of them will be set aside for businesses in the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley. The remaining seven can be issued to businesses anywhere in the county.
The board set aside four licenses for anywhere in Stevens County and two for anywhere in Pend Oreille County. King County will receive 61 licenses.
Businesses will be limited to only three retail licenses at a time in an effort to keep a few entities from controlling the market.
The board also capped marijuana production at 40 metric tons next year.
It is expected that retail marijuana will make up about 25 percent of the market share at first and grow in subsequent years.