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Washington Board Approves Filing Of Proposed Rules To Implement Marijuana Legalization


washington state marijuana regulationsToday was a significant step forward for marijuana legalization in Washington State. The Washington State Liquor Control Board gave preliminary approval to the rules that will govern marijuana legalization in Washington. The world is watching how the rules will play out, to see if they work or if they need to be improved on. Below is the press release from the Washington State Liquor Control Board regarding the changes that were approved today:

On July 3, 2013, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) filed proposed rules with the state code reviser (CR 102). The Board held five public hearings across the state and solicited public input on its proposed rules. Based on public comments, the Board chose to revise its rules. The Board will file revised rules on September 4, 2013 (Supplemental CR 102).

Below are the top revisions (no particular order) that the LCB has made to the rules based on public input and continued research and discussion.

Production Limits

  • Added language that limits the total amount of marijuana to be produced at 40 metric tons
  • Added language that sets the maximum amount of space for marijuana production at two million square feet

Production Tiers

  • Added language that creates three production tiers based on square footage:
  • Tier 1 – less than 2000 square feet
  • Tier 2 – 2000 to 10,000 square feet
  • Tier 3 – 10,000 to 30,000 square feet

Market Control Limits

  • Limited any entity and/or principals within any entity to three producer or processor licenses.
  • Limited any principal and or entity to no more than three retail licenses with no multiple location licensee allowed more than 33 percent of the allowed licenses in any county or city

Click here to read the rest of the rules, including a cap on retail outlets at 334 (sorry, formatting was a nightmare).


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  1. Do you know why pot is illegal? In 1936 DuPont got the patent for nylon, William Randolph Hearst got the rights to deforest the north west for paper pulp for his newspaper empire. They and others went to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and they included a plan to criminalize marijuana as part of the “New Deal” legislation, Remember “Reefer Madness”? That was propaganda to convince the public. When congress had hearings on this matter the AMA didn’t know what it was, they new it as cannabis and farmers knew it as hemp. When the AMA finally discovered what congress was talking about they sent representatives saying ” they know of no harmful effects of cannabis”. The AMA did not want it made illegal as is was used widely in many patent medicines. Congress did anyway, marijuana was made illegal in 1937. Why? Because it was competition for both nylon (the seeds) and paper pulp (the stems).
    It is illegal not because it’s bad for you but because of a dirty back room deal between politicians and big business.
    In societies where cannabis has been used for centuries, it’s use by the young is frowned upon as some grow lazy and apathetic. Their careers and personal relationships might suffer, this is an issue that can by addressed through consoling and intervention. To the older, who suffer the aches and pains that come with age though it is a blessing. Witness the many medical uses for it. Now consider the reason it is illegal, it is the wrong reason.
    Help end the cartels reign and free the common man from fines and incarceration, lost rights and interrupted lives.

  2. The waiting is the hardest part. I’ll be glad when 2014 comes and the products are finally on the legal market. I realize Colorado and Washington want to get it right the first time, but I’m tired of waiting already.

  3. It shouldnt take this long to write the rules for growing and selling a PLANT! A plant safer than alcohol and never killed anyone. How complicated could it be? They spend all these months figuring out irrelevant shit like its nuclear plutonium!

  4. So after public comments on their rules, they chose to add MORE rules and restrictions? It was already ridiculously restrictive and filled with red tape. And they are going to tax it 25% three times during the production to sale process and charge 12 bucks or more a gram? That’s ridiculous. I’m not going to pay that for weed, you’d have to be an idiot to. It’s already outrageously overpriced. It’s a weed that can grow almost anywhere on earth! The only way the legal model will be successful is if they charge less than the well established black market, or people will just keep on buying where they always have.

  5. Showing my age, I can’t help but remember the chant “the whole world is watching” from Chicago in 1968. I’m glad this is a happier scenario and hope Washington does us proud.

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