Hundreds apply to grow, process and sell pot in Washington

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Bilye Miller, left, and her partner Todd Spaits stand in their home in Kirkland, Wash., in this photos made on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Spaits and Miller are more gym-and-yoga than smoke-and-cough. The couple doesn’t use pot _ “I much prefer a glass of scotch,” Spaits says _ but they say they know a good business opportunity when they see one. The pair previously worked in online marketing in San Diego, and Spaits has a master’s in business administration. Their most recent startup is skyfu.com, which helps restaurants monitor what people are saying about them on social media. Spaits, 39, also helps judge business plan competitions and believes his skills are perfectly honed to run a successful pot store. He and Miller, who has also worked as a bartender, are excited about Washington’s grand experiment. They sought advice from friends who operate medical dispensaries in California to help draw up a revenue model. They’re seeking a retail license in Kirkland, east of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)