The Washington State Liquor Control Board will issue licenses to roughly 20 cannabis retail outlets on July 7th, according to Sharon Foster, chairwoman of the Board. These businesses will be required to track their inventory for the first 24 hours, and will be allowed to legally begin recreational cannabis sales to anyone 21 and older on Tuesday, July 8th.
The Liquor Control Board has yet to release a list on where the initial outlets will be located, though they plan to post the full list on their website once the licenses are distributed.
The opening of these outlets is possible due to the state’s passage of Initiative 502 in 2012. The initiative legalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and allows for state-licensed recreational cannabis outlets, which are regulated by the state Liquor Control Board.
The Board plans to distribute more licenses in the near future, though a specific date hasn’t been set.