Though the call for consultants knowledgeable in all aspects of cannabis cultivation, processing, distribution and pricing seemed outrageous, about 75 people met with Washington state officials to learn more about the contract, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports.
Though pot use is legal for those over 21 in Washington, the state now has to deal with the actual administration of the law. To assist the Liquor Control Board with establishing rules and regulations for pot, Washington put out the call for consultants.
Those that showed up expressed concerns that bidding for the consultant position would be violating the state's conflict of interest laws. Those who would want to consult would also want a stake in the market — which would ultimately take many qualified candidates out of the running.
Others were worried about incriminating themselves, especially in light of the federal government leaving the door open to arrests of those involved in Washington's marijuana industry (despite being legalized).
However, many others felt they were already known to state and federal law enforcement because of their long history in growing, processing and distributing pot.