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Washington State Marijuana Laws; Could the State be a Model for the Rest of the Country as other States Consider Similar Legislation

Marijuana News in Washington State:

In the state of Washington, where medical marijuana and recreational marijuana use have both been legalized as a result of state legislation, actions are being taken to further align the process of distributing medical and recreational marijuana.  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board is taking action to license medical marijuana stores throughout the state, and recent legislation prompts stores that currently sell recreational marijuana to also apply for a license to sell medical marijuana.  The Liquor and Cannabis Control Board will begin to accept applications October 12, and all outlets selling medical marijuana must be approved and licensed by July 1 of next year or face being shut down altogether.

Reduced Restrictions on Producing Marijuana in the State of Washington:

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is taking this action due, in part, to the increased demand for marijuana in the state.  The Board reports that the opening of additional marijuana distributors continues to push demand higher for marijuana.  In addition to reviewing and accepting more licenses from people wishing to sell marijuana, the state board is also lifting  a restriction that governed the amount of marijuana being produced.  A previous restriction stated that approved growers were only allowed to grow at 70 percent capacity.  This state-wide restriction has been lifted and approved growers may now produce at 100 percent capacity.  Once again, the rising demand for recreational and medical marijuana is pushing the board to take this action.  More marijuana will now be produced and distributed in the state of Washington for recreational and medical use.

Will News from Washington Prompt or Deter other States:

The rest of the U.S. is observing states that are progressing with legislation that legalizes marijuana, like Washington, to determine if the good outweighs the bad.  Debate continues regarding the benefits of legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal use.  Potential tax revenues are also a big variable for states to consider.  Critics site health disadvantages associated with using marijuana such as long term memory loss, overall brain functioning and even potential detriments to unborn fetuses.  States will keep a close eye on Washington to determine how to proceed regarding the pros and cons of marijuana legalization.






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