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TACOMA, Wash. -- Many of the early applicants seeking legally sell pot in Washington are experienced in the industry.

Of the five potential retail locations KING 5 checked out in Tacoma, four were existing medical facilities.

More than 150 business owners applied for recreational retail licenses in the first week the state started accepting applications.

It could be good, it could be bad, said Shawn Kenaston, manager of Gold and Silver Traders, a pawn shop on South Tacoma Way.

The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary behind Kenaston's shop has applied for a license.

Kenaston said the existing business, Left Coast, has generated drug sales in his parking lot.

Left Coast's owner, Courteney Slater, said his business hasn't created any problems for neighboring businesses.

If he is granted a license, he will change the name of his business to Happy Daze.

Slater said the state's regulations regarding security cameras and background checks will only make things safer.

I welcome it; I'm looking forward to it, said Slater, It's time for the industry to step into the light.

The Liquor Control Board is checking the backgrounds of applicants and making sure the locations are more than 1000 feet from schools and other places children gather.

Business owners have until December 19 to apply.

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