July 09, 2013
The Washington Liquor Control Board approved draft rules last week for the state's new recreational marijuana industry. The board considered changes to the preliminary draft rules the agency released in late May. The biggest change is to allow outdoor marijuana growing, rather than limit production to just indoors.
The proposed rules, if ultimately enacted, will help govern the state’s system of producing, processing and retailing recreational marijuana.
Four public meetings on the proposed rules will be held across the state Aug. 6-8. The rules go into effect Sept. 16 and the board is mandated by law to have them completed by Dec. 1. Marijuana sales in Washington should begin in early 2014.