- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Everett City Council has imposed a cap on the number of stores selling marijuana in the city.

The Daily Herald reports (https://goo.gl/XoVtbV ) the council voted this week to limit the number of shops operating in the city to the five already open. The cap will be in effect for at least two years.

The council acted after the state Liquor and Cannabis Board doubled the number of retail shops allowed in each municipality.

The board doubled the amount to compensate for the shuttering of most medical marijuana dispensaries later this year as the state tries to merge the unregulated medical marijuana industry with the highly regulated recreational industry.

Those supporting the cap cited reasons from keeping a high quality of life in the city to keeping out large operators.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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