Renton in line for three marijuana retailers under new rules

Under a new set of rules filed this past week by the state Liquor Control Board and expected to be approved this fall, the city of Renton could be home to three marijuana stores.

Under I-502, the 2012 voter-approved initiative that legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the state's Liquor Control Board was tasked with developing the rules that will govern the state's pot industry, including the retail stores, to be licensed like liquor stores prior to their privatization last year.

The rules put forth last week call for a total of 61 stores in King County to be licensed to sell marijuana, with the most, 21, headed for Seattle. King County will also have 11 at-large stores.

Renton is in line for three stores, as is Kent and Federal Way. Bellevue will get four, Kirkland two and Tukwila and Maple Valley will both get a single store.

Though several cities are still working on marijuana policies and possible zoning ordinances, the Renton City Council in June coalesced around a suggestion to treat businesses looking to sell marijuana exactly as they did those selling liquor.

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