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Washington Marijuana Industry Takes Shape

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.