Would-be pot retailer sues Washington liquor board

The Associated PressJuly 17, 2014 

— A would-be Washington marijuana seller is suing the state Liquor Control Board over his failure to obtain a retail license.

Pete O'Neil, the owner of C & C Shops, wants a license to operate in the Seattle suburb of Lynnwood, but in a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court on Thursday he says officials refused to process his online application over a signature issue. His attorney, Nancy Pacharzina (pack-ahr-ZEEN'-ah), says he signed the application electronically while at the same time apparently clicking a box by mistake that said he would provide a paper copy.

The board has an unallocated retail license for Lynnwood, so O'Neil says that if he meets all other requirements, the license should be his.

Liquor Control Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter says the agency has not yet seen the lawsuit and can't comment.

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