Bill to Allow Unlimited Number of Marijuana Retail Outlets Filed in Washington

Currently the number of marijuana retail outlets in Washington is limited to what the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board feels is best. A newly filed bill in the House of Representatives would change this, allowing an unlimited number of outlets.

This move is one that cannabis advocates have called on for years; to simply let the free market determine the appropriate number of cannabis outlets rather than setting an arbitrary limit that benefits a few select business owners.

According to the legislative digest of House Bill 1096, it; “Eliminates the limit on the total number of marijuana retail outlets that may be licensed or medical marijuana endorsements that may be issued in the state or in any county, city, or town. Allows the state liquor and cannabis board to establish a limit on the total number of marijuana licenses that an individual licensee and all other persons or entities with a financial or other ownership interest in the business operating under the license may hold, in the aggregate.”

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Oregon’s First Recreational Marijuana Retail Outlets Open Saturday

By The Associated Press

marijuana retail outletsStarting on Saturday, residents can buy Oregon marijuana for recreational use at shops intended for that purpose.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced on Friday it has approved licenses for 26 retailers around the state, meeting a key deadline almost two years after voters passed a ballot measure legalizing pot.

“It’s a pretty exciting day for the OLCC,” Steven Marks, the executive director of the commission charged with regulating recreational marijuana, said in a conference call with journalists. He said 12 recreational retailers can start operating as soon as Saturday.

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Seattle’s Second Recreational Cannabis Retail Outlet Plans to Open Tuesday

Uncle Ike’s will become Seattle’s second recreational cannabis retail outlet on Tuesday when ituncle opens at 2310 East Union Street. According to owner Ian Eisenberg, he received a license to open the shop from the state’s Liquor Control Board earlier this week, and says they should be ready to sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older come Tuesday.

Uncle Ike’s will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 7PM, and will be closed on Mondays. Some of the strains they plan to carry on opening day includes Lemon Kush, Snoop’s Dream and Pineberry.

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$3.8 Million in Recrational Cannabis Sold in First Month of Legal Sales in Washington State

There was roughly $3.8 million in recreational cannabis sold in Washington State in the month of July, the first month such sales were legalmoney2, according to new data released by the state. The numbers are based on just 18 stores open in July, 2 of which have yet to report sales. Only 6 of these outlets were open on July 1st, the day legal cannabis sales began.

“It’s off to a healthy start, considering that the system isn’t fully up and running yet,” says Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the entity tasked with regulating the new industry.

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Colorado Recreational Cannabis Application Process Opens to Everyone 21+

For the first six months of legalized cannabis sales in Colorado – which began on January 1st – only those already operating a medical cannabisapp facility were able to apply for a license to be a recreational cannabis producer or distributor. However, the rules change beginning today, July 1st. Now anyone 21 and older can apply for a license, and cannabis outlets won’t be required to also be a medical cannabis dispensary.

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Sting On Colorado Recreational Cannabis Outlets Finds No Cannabis Being Sold to Minors

Colorado officials recently conducted a sting on 20 recreational cannabis outlets icoloradon an attempt to find out if they are following state laws and regulations. The officials found that all of them are complying with the law, and not a single one of the outlets were caught selling cannabis to a minor.

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Roughly 20 Washington State Cannabis Retail Outlets to Open on July 8th

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will issue licenses to roughly 20 cannabis retail outlets on July 7th, according towalcb 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.

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Bellevue, Washington Votes to Allow Legal Cannabis Sales

The city of Bellevue, the 5th largest city in Washington, has voted too allow sales of recreational cannabis through state-licensed stores whichprettybuds are expected to begin opening by the end of the year.

On Tuesday the City Council voted 5 to 2 to reject a proposed moratorium which would have placed a ban on recreational cannabis retail outlets, four of which were approved to be in Bellevue by the state’s Liquor Control Board.

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Colorado Begins Application Process for Recreational Cannabis Retail Outlets Tomorrow

Starting a process which will soon result in the opening of cannabis retail outlets throughout the state, Colorado will officially begin accepting applications tomorrow (October 1st) for those wanting to open a recreational cannabis business.coloradoflag

During this initial application period, only existing medical cannabis outlets will be allowed to apply for a retail license. Of the 522 dispensaries in the state, at least a couple hundred are expected to apply.

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Over 300 Recreational Cannabis Stores to Open in Washington Under Proposed Regulations

Washington State’s Liquor Control Board, the entity tasked with regulating the newly-legal recreational cannabis industry, has released its latest draft regulationsLiquor-board-logo-with-marijuana-leaf-300x300, which includes the number of retail outlets which will be allowed in each county. Under the proposed rules – which will be finalized by October 16th – a maximum of 334 retail outlets will become licensed by the state to legally distribute cannabis to adults; 61 can be located in King County, the state’s biggest county, with 21 being allowed in Seattle.

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