More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have been filed in Washington state.
Washington's Liquor Control Board released updated figures Tuesday, saying it had received 3,746 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under Washington's recreational pot law passed by voters last year.
The applications include 867 proposed retail outlets. The state is planning to cap the number of pot shops at 334 statewide, so some areas are expected to face a lottery for retail licenses.
The application window closed last week, but board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter says is still a backlog of submissions that haven't been processed yet. He says investigators have already started reviewing applicants, and the state hopes to begin issuing licenses at the end of February.