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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Washington Gears Up for Marijuana Sales

English: Cannabis plant from http://www.usdoj....
Washington State is scheduled to begin the legal sale of recreational marijuana this week for adults over the age of 21. The state’s Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 marijuana retailer licenses on Monday, NPR reports.

The Liquor Control Board noted in a news release that it has developed strict rules regarding packaging, labeling and advertising. Such measures will ensure marijuana products do not appeal to children. In June, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a news release highlighting rules designed to keep marijuana away from children.

Washington will be one of only two states that sell marijuana recreationally. Despite the drug being illegal federally, the Justice Department said that it will not hinder the states programs and will only bring up criminal charges in cases where the drug is being distributed to minors.

Colorado’s program has been deemed successful on a number of levels, but a lot of the drug has found its way across state lines where law enforcement is not as tolerant. Officials in Washington did not rush to get their program up and going and it will be interesting to see the differences between the two states.

Some experts believe that it will be hard to meet the demand in Washington which will lead to serious price increases.

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