Washington State Considers Postponing New Rules on Marijuana Sales

After hearing comments from hundreds of people about proposed new rules for marijuana sales, officials in Washington state said they want to delay implementing the regulations for a few months.

The rules will cover the selling, growing and processing of recreational marijuana, the Associated Press reports. The Washington state Liquor Control Board was scheduled to adopt the final rules on Wednesday, but decided to postpone the process so it can revise the rules to address the comments. The board’s staff wants to hold at least one more public hearing, adopt the rules in mid-October, and have them take effect in mid-November.

Participants in the hearings asked for clarification on a number of issues, including rules limiting the amount of marijuana that can be produced, the number of marijuana stores and their locations, and how much marijuana people with licenses can have.

Last November, Washington state voters approved Initiative 502, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults. The law requires the marijuana rules to be in place by December 1, 2013.

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    Joe Miller

    August 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Grainne Kenny might actually want to do a little research on the actual toxicity of cannabis before he decides to support the incarceration of individuals for the use, production, and/or distribution of the substance. And if Grainne’s claims of toxicity were even true (which they aren’t) how would society benefit from turning over the responsibility for the production and distribution of the substance to criminal predators via the black market or making criminals out of the users?

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    Grainne Kenny

    August 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Why don’t the legislators consider scrapping this most dangerous of laws that threaten the future of those unfortunate enough to live in a State that provides for a toxic addictive drug to be available to all. That would make more sense. They have seen for themselves the mayhem it has caused. Step up to the mark and implement the UN Conventions on Narcotic that have been so blatentley disregarded.

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