regulators, aiming to limit the state's nascent marijuana
industry, want to cap the amount of space available to grow
recreational marijuana at 2 million square feet (185,800 sq.
meters) - the equivalent of about 35 NFL football fields.
The limit was among proposed state marijuana rules released
on Wednesday, roughly a week after the U.S. Justice Department
said it would not sue to block legal pot so long as certain
guidelines are met, including keeping the drug away from
"This is an important day," said Brian Smith
, spokesman for
the Washington State Liquor Control Board
. "These are the rules
we believe are going to govern the system going forward."