Sean Green, chief executive of Kouchlock Productions, was the first business was awarded Washington state's first legal-marijuana business license yesterday.

The license will allow him to grow 21,000 square feet of weed at his Spokane facility -- the first pot that will be grown for sale under the highly taxed system approved by voters in 2012. He plans to begin by growing 1,200 square feet of starter plants to provide to other growers as they become licensed. He expects to expand to growing marijuana buds for retail, with 30 to 50 employees. For now, he said he will also continue running his medical operations, though the Legislature is considering whether to bring medical marijuana into the same system as recreational pot.

The state Liquor Control Board received more than 2,200 retail applications, and is expected to hold lotteries in at least some areas before allowing 334 pot shops statewide. Washington's first pot stores are expected to open in June or July.