The State of Washington is delaying pot sales until next spring, because the original timeline for granting marijuana growing and processing licenses is being pushed back until December .Washington's Liquor Control Board has been in charge of devising the rules that will govern this new industry. This includes specifying how the plants will be grown, how the product will be tested, and how many stores will be allowed to sell marijuana. This official timeline was changed based on input from several public forums.
In mid-May, the Liquor Control Board will begin drafting rules for all license types and these rules are expected to become effective in August. In September, the board will begin accepting applications for growing, processing, and retail licenses in Washington.
“If you were interested in becoming any of our licensees, you’d want to have a good idea of what the business landscape is going to be. For example, if you want to grow, how much competition will you have? How many retailers will there be? You’ll be able to get a sense of that right from the beginning.”
--- Brian Smith, Spokesman for the Washington Liquor Control Board
All eyes are on the State of Washington and on Colorado, since they were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21. If this goes well, then other states in the country are sure to follow. As a result, the Liquor Control Board is eager to get this thing right---the first time.