Pin It
Favorite

Reefer Rules 

Washington state takes a first pass at marijuana market regulations

click to enlarge The new marijuana logo from the liquor control board. - COURTESY GRAPHIC
  • courtesy graphic
  • The new marijuana logo from the liquor control board.

After eight public forums, months of comments and hiring an expert at more than $80,000 a year, you’re looking at the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s first pass at the rules that will govern one of the nation’s first recreational marijuana markets. They’ll take feedback at [email protected] until June 10, and in July the board will hold public hearings on its official rules. (At that point, changes are unlikely.) The board expects to take applications for 30 days starting in September and begin issuing licenses by the end of the year, though it won’t say how many operations will be allowed per county.

Meanwhile, Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder is leading an effort to determine how the city will align its laws with the state’s and whether it will add any additional regulations. In light of the draft rules, Snyder says he’s especially worried that operating hours (6 am-2 am) could be disruptive on commercial lots close to residential areas.

While the recreational marijuana law doesn’t mention anything about medical marijuana, legislators have discussed moving both systems under the liquor control board or taxing medical pot at the same rates to discourage illegitimate crossover. That’s still up for debate. And, of course, the biggest unanswered question remains: Will the feds allow all this?

click to enlarge WEBpotchart2.jpg

Tags: ,

  • Pin It

Speaking of Marijuana

Latest in News

  • The Price of Progress
  • The Price of Progress

    The Grand Coulee Dam has created billions in economic activity, but it also devastated local river tribes. What's standing in the way of reparations for the Spokane Tribe?
    • Apr 1, 2015
  • Breaking the Silence
  • Breaking the Silence

    The Carmel of the Holy Trinity nuns live in silence and isolation — but a proposed development could make that difficult
    • Apr 1, 2015
  • Watch List
  • Watch List

    ISIS singles out an Idaho town; plus, Spokane's campaign for paid sick leave
    • Apr 1, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
OR7 — The Journey

OR7 — The Journey @ Bing Crosby Theater

April 3-4

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Heidi Groover

  • Brachytherapy Breakthrough
  • Brachytherapy Breakthrough

    A new option for treating skin cancer skips the scalpel
    • Dec 1, 2014
  • It's Exploding
  • It's Exploding

    Why lawmakers and cops are worried about people blowing themselves up
    • Nov 25, 2014
  • GU Shake-Up
  • GU Shake-Up

    The woman overseeing reports of sexual assault at Gonzaga resigns; plus, a new study on Lakeland Village
    • Nov 25, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Why Idaho kids don't go to college

    And what that means for the Gem State
    • Mar 4, 2015
  • New Blood

    Candidates are launching bids for Spokane City Council and could bring big changes to city government
    • Mar 18, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


Comment


Publisher's Note


marijuana


long reads


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation