Washington state has officially approved rules for its newly-legal recreational cannabis industry, according to the Associated Press.
Today’s vote by the three-member state Liquor Control Board came after nearly a year of research, planning, public hearings and numerous draft regulations. The rules are now official, and the state will move forward with implementation. Recreational cannabis retail outlets are expected to open by the spring.
This year’s High Times Cannabis Cup in Seattle – the 2nd annual – was something to be experienced. Much larger than last year’s event in terms of size, booths and attendees, the most drastic change was that anyone over 21 could enter the heart of the event – where countless dabs (hits of cannabis oil) were given out, and numerous cannabis products were sold – which was secluded to authorized Washington State patients last year.
If you were at the event, and could show an ID to prove you were over 21, you could walk through a plethora of cannabis-related booths, dozens of which were either giving out free dabs, selling cannabis edibles (such as chocolate bars, slushies, gummies, etc.), sampling bud that was grown from seeds they were selling, demonstrating new cannabis-related products, etc.. For two brief days, those who attended the event got a chance to feel what it was like to experience legal cannabis.