State Pot Job Receives Plethora of Bids

(AP) -- Washington state received so many bids for the new position of marijuana consultant that officials have had to delay the announcement of a winner.

Liquor Control Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter says there were 98 applications for the job.

The job itself entails advising the board on rules governing Washington's new legal marijuana industry.

The state's voters last fall passed Initiative 502 (I-502), which legalized up to an ounce of marijuana for adults over 21 and called for a system of state-licensed growers, processors and retailers.

The board had planned to announce the winning bid on Tuesday, but Carpenter says it's taking a while to go through all the bids.

The board says it doesn't expect to announce the winner before March 13.