Washington state regulators seek to limit marijuana industry

Washington stateregulators, aiming to limit the state's nascent marijuanaindustry, want to cap the amount of space available to growrecreational 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 releasedon Wednesday, roughly a week after the U.S. Justice Departmentsaid it would not sue to block legal pot so long as certainguidelines are met, including keeping the drug away fromchildren.

"This is an important day," said Brian Smith, spokesman forthe Washington State Liquor Control Board. "These are the ruleswe believe are going to govern the system going forward."