Liquor Control Board Releases Draft Regulations for Recreational Marijuana Sales in Washington

After months of discussion, debate and public input, Washington State’s Liquor Control BoardLiquor-board-logo-with-marijuana-leaf-300x300 – the regulatory body overseeing recreational marijuana sales in Washington State – has released its initial draft regulations for the newly-legal industry. The board will hold a public hearing on the regulations in the coming weeks as they finalize these rules, with the aim of having the first marijuana retail outlet open early next year.

Here’s an overview of the draft regulations submitted this afternoon:

  • Requires applicants of a marijuana business license to be a Washington State resident of at least 3 months.
  • Establishes tight regulatory guidelines, such as requiring the testing of all marijuana products for contaminants (such as mold and pesticides), requiring security and surveillance systems, etc..
  • The Liquor Control Board will monitor the production of marijuana from its seed, to its sale.
  • Allows for licensees to produce and sell cannabis concentrates like BHO (butane hash oil) and Rick Simpson oil, though requires the end-product to meet strict purity standards, and requires that it’s infused into food or drink items.

    An example label released by the WA Liquor Board.
    An example label released by the WA Liquor Board.
  • Establishes labeling requirements, including warning labels (“keep out of reach of children”, that kind of thing), potency labeling, net weight, the name of the 3rd-party company that performed quality testing, the date of the medicine’s harvest, etc..
  • Puts restrictions on advertising (such as banning the inclusion of children) without limiting it entirely.
  • Doesn’t restrict the purchase or consumption of marijuana by out-of-state individuals.

Those who are interested can find the draft regulations, in their entirety, by clicking here.


10 thoughts on “Liquor Control Board Releases Draft Regulations for Recreational Marijuana Sales in Washington”

  1. hmmm wonder if they will add additives that will take from its healing powers … the last thing the pharms want is people with a cure for anything

  2. why is there going to be warning label?? Nobody has ever died from marijuana, its safer than a cigarette, so why are people getting duis???? its safer than a cigarette

    • if it’s like the above example on the pic: “may be habit forming” then a warning like that makes sense to me, or the “keep away from kids” one…. Because it would still be illegal for kids, and can be habit forming, but I dont think it was talking about a death warning. If they are, then that is super stupid, but that wasnt the impression I got….

    • Um are you new? What makes you think its safer than a cigarette? Smoking marijuana regularly (a joint a day) can damage the cells in the bronchial passages which protect the body against inhaled microorganisms and decrease the ability of the immune cells in the lungs to fight off fungi, bacteria, and tumor cells. For patients with already weakened immune systems, this means an increase in the possibility of dangerous pulmonary infections, including pneumonia, which often proves fatal in AIDS patients. Since children have underdeveloped repiratory systems, it can have a harmful effect! They are warning to keep out of the reach of children. It may not have nicotine but it does have 7 times the tar in it.

      Studies further suggest that marijuana is a general “immunosuppressant” whose degenerative influence extends beyond the respiratory system. Regular smoking has been shown to materially affect the overall ability of the smokers body to defend itself against infection by weakening various natural immune mechanisms, including macrophages (a.k.a. “killer cells”) and the all-important T-cells. Obviously, this suggests the conclusion, which is well-supported by scientific studies, that the use of marijuana as a medical therapy can and does have a very serious negative effect on patients with pre-existing immune deficits resulting from AIDS, organ transplantation, or cancer chemotherapy, the very conditions for which marijuana has most often been touted and suggested as a treatment. It has also been shown that marijuana use can accelerate the progression of HIV to full-blown AIDS and increase the occurrence of infections and Kaposi’s sarcoma. In addition, patients with weak immune systems will be even less able to defend themselves against the various respiratory cancers and conditions to which consistent marijuana use has been linked, and which are discussed briefly under “Respiratory Illnesses.”

      To each their own; if you are a healthy person choosing to use it on your own – fine… The warning is to bring it to your attention to think of those little guys before you leave it sitting on the table and they make a choice they are not capable of understanding and suffer damage based on these ill advised choices…


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