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Seven more business have applied with the Washington State Liquor Control Board for licenses to operate marijuana businesses in Kittitas County, including two applicants for retail businesses in Ellensburg and Cle Elum, according to the latest state data.

Applications with the state have jumped as the Friday deadline to apply for a license nears, with 2,444 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under the state’s recreational pot law passed by voters last year. This time last week there were just under 1,700 license applications.

A business called Los Marijuanos filed to start a retail store in Cle Elum and another, Mike’s Consulting, filed to open up shop in Ellensburg.

More ambitious, supply-side applicants include Americanna Naturals, which applied for three tier-three licenses and one processor application south of Kittitas. Gafco applied for three tier-three grower and two processor licenses near Thorp.

Growing applications are categorized by proposed size of the operation. Tier-one operations are the smallest, with fewer than 2,000 square feet of planned growing space. Tier-two businesses propose between 2,000 to 10,000 square feet and tier three, 10,000 to 30,000 square feet.

Businesses can apply for grower and processor licenses simultaneously, unlike retail licenses, and are limited to three producer or processor licenses. Multiple-location license holders can’t hold more than a third of the licenses in a county or city.

Most applications, 1,116 so far, have been for growing licenses. The state has received 816 processor-license applications and 512 retail store applications.

Some organizations have submitted multiple applications.

The state isn’t capping the number of growers or processors, but said it will only allow 334 pot shops statewide. Four were allotted to Kittitas County, with two of those in Ellensburg.

So far, three businesses have applied for retail licenses in Ellensburg and one in Cle Elum.

Total growing applications are limited by growing space statewide, with a limit of 2 million square feet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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