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Washington State To Begin Accepting Applications In November From Marijuana Retailers

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 16, 2013

    Washington state regulators today finalized rules to govern the state’s nascent marijuana retail market. Beginning on November 18, regulators will begin formally accepting applications from those seeking state licenses to commercially produce, process, and sell cannabis to those age 21 and over. A press release regarding the state’s forthcoming rules and the application process is available here.

    Under an initiative (I-502) enacted by voters in November, the adult possession of limited quantities of non-medical marijuana — as well as the state-licensed production and sale of cannabis — is not subject to criminal penalty. Voters in Colorado approved a similar measure in November authorizing state-licensed marijuana production and retail sales. Colorado state regulators began accepting applications from would-be marijuana producers and retailers earlier this month.

    In an August memorandum, Deputy Attorney General Cole directed the US Attorneys in all 50 states, including Colorado, not to interfere with the implementation of state marijuana regulations unless such activities specifically undermined eight explicit federal law enforcement priorities.

    Both Colorado and Washington are anticipated to have licensed marijuana retail outlets operational by early next year.

    19 Responses to “Washington State To Begin Accepting Applications In November From Marijuana Retailers”

    1. TheOracle says:

      Pennsylvania needs to send officials out there to Washington state to find out what they are doing, and then duplicate back in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania still has a state-controlled liquor system like Washington whereby the state owns the retail outlets for wine and spirits, and it owns the wholesale wine and liquor distribution system. The state-owned stores must buy wholesale from the state-owned wholesale system. (Beer can be bought from privately owned stores, not just at bars, so in Pennsylvania you can get a case or a keg at a beer distributor.)

      Anyway, that asshole Governor Corbett and a whole lot of the republican-controlled legislature have run the state’s economy into the ground, and it’s hurting for revenue. Their half-baked idea about privatizing the liquor system would temporarily generate funds. The state-owned lottery and gambling casino system being privatized to Camelot just isn’t selling with the public, and their stupid ideas about reforming the state pension system will cost the taxpayers more in the long run than putting in more money into the current pension system, while pissing off cops, firefighters, other first responders, public school teachers and employees.

      The bridge maximum weights are steadily being lowered again and again, school budgets slashed for pension obligations, cops and firefighters, public employees and first responders are all getting furloughed in order to pay for payroll costs and the state pension which Harrisburg has UNDERFUNDED since 2000. Then when the stock market took a dive, the shit hit the fan. Supposedly, they figured the stock market would keep going up, up, up, like there would never be market corrections, downturns, recessions or a crash ever again.

      Most, but not all, Pennsylvania politicians, both state and national, are just plain idiots whose purpose is to disguise the fact that they’re goal is to arrange to fill their own pockets. Hence, the revolving door after they get out of office. Like to see what Corbett gets out of Shell for that billion $ tax break he gave them for the gas processing plant out near Pittsburgh. Quid pro quo, you know, something of value for something of value. It’s just a matter of WHEN he can cash in his chips.

    2. Micah says:

      Personally, I don’t think you should have to register. Its something you can grow yourself without any danger in the production, because it’s simply cultivation; no production needed. I get that to sell anything commercially, you need a license, but its kind of hypocritical of the state to imprison thousands of small-scale personal-amount sellers, and now try to profit off them. I have no problem with taxing the Walmart-weed stores, but person-to-person sales should stay under the table. Obviously, they will, but that should be how it ought to be done, not just how it is.

    3. Anonymous says:

      I hope NORML has all its people ready to record how much drastic good this does in those two states both money wise (BIG TIME)and otherwise.

      The best part (and really the most important part) is going to finally be able to gloat about it to the other states so they follow along quicker.

      This is what they are all waiting for too in many ways.

    4. tad says:

      Great to see Washington taking care of details before their retail market is accessible and demonstrates that we may *talk* a lot about the free market system and fair competition, but we are not even close to a free-market system. Talk = cheap.

      Another example is the right to a free press. We have accepted claims that we have this right, but the right to own something is not the same as actually owning, having, that something.

      Considering the climate of sensationalist, distraction news, and also the market system that is undeniably not “free” when industry giants smash all up-and-comers. Non-psychoactive hemp is as illegal as the psychoactive kind.

      This makes an invaluable, sustainable resource unavailable for no good reason while rational people in other countries still grow hemp freely as their ancestors did. Hemp doesn’t get you stoned which is why. they. allow. importation. for commercial reasons, without arrest and inquisition, But if you grow it…it’s prison!

      Sounds like corruption. Pure poo.

      The hemp ban is good example that prohibitionists are not really concerned about your health, but claim so while hiding their seething hatred for something of which they merely disapprove. In their little realities and time-worn personas that claim to know right from wrong and what morality is, because they made that choice themselves.

      As a free American, you can sell imported hemp products, even open a business that specializes in hemp products, but you cannot grow the hemp yourself, even if smoking it/consuming it will not make people “high.”

      The hemp grown to provide fibers for textiles can be used by the porcine force as evidence, an excuse for imprisonment of the owner following home invasion, wrongful arrest, theft, imprisonment, stigmatization with unjustified criminal records, violations of privacy and medical confidentiality and of basic human rights.

      Prohibition is the creation of a cat and mouse game that starts the cat chasing and attracts other ‘mice’ to get in on the massive profits associated with poor public policy for a non-crime.

      One may feel compelled to ask:

      Does possession/use of cannabis hemp warrant the same penalties as possession/use of psychoactive cannabis? Since non-psychoactive cannabinoids have demonstrated, accepted medical uses and as much potential for abuse as smoking typing or toilet paper, isn’t there a glaring contradiction here that reveals the degeneracy that belies prohibition?

      It’s legal to have and purchase cannabis hemp for import, but you cannot grow it yourself without risking prison?! But you can possess it and import it in raw form. Just don’t grow it!

      Sounds like two-faced corruption. Corruption that is too lazy to also chase these mice for hemp growing charges, but nevertheless kills competition that threatens many industries who are afraid of cannabis’ meaning to their bottom line.

      So the next question is:

      Does possession/use of ACTUAL psychoactive cannabis (flowering tops) warrant such punishments as if it were a crime ?

      Those eight explicit Fed laws that will not be “undermined” are going to be the M.O. for prohibition agencies. I read that as a foreshadowed threat, and it’s probable (likely or guaranteed) they will follow through because their yobs depend on these over-reaching, failed, wasteful agencies, with inevitable dissolution on its way.

      They’ll want to maintain their authority over others and to discredit the gradual national legalization, and to keep up their rates of arrest (how they measure “success”). Those rates would drop to 66% after 1/3 of arrests are no longer for cannabis.

      Wake up, it’s not “the good guys versus the monsters,” that’s a juvenile fantasy for the deluded.

      At Nuremberg the favorite saying was likely ‘I was just following orders.’

      If they say they’ll raid people who violate those eight rules to make publicized examples of them for the media to exploit, furthering their cause to maintain their positions, you can bet they will.

      They’re afraid to be jobless and guilt-laden for life. They’ll be waiting to nab the desperate from slower progressing states for inter-state transport of flowers, and so federal crime, federal prison, even though it’s mere federal bullsh*t.

    5. Closet Smoker says:

      As a resident, I look forward to witnessing history! A little more than 8 months from now I will be able to walk into a licensed and regulated store and buy all kinds of cannabis products.

    6. Don Berry says:

      Yes, this is a welcome development…but good grief! there’s a 25% excise tax for wholesale sales and another 25% for retail sales, plus the regular state and local sales taxes. This system is still punitive and grossly unfair compared to any other retail product. Hopefully, these absurd taxes will be lowered to be in line with alcohol and tobacco excise taxes as the market matures and fear subsides.

    7. Evening Bud says:

      We haven’t been hearing as much about Washington’s preparing for its upcoming legalization as we have Colorado. But it’s great to see that things are moving ahead. @ Closet Smoker, congrats. While you’re celebrating your new-found freedom, take a “hit” for the rest of us wannabes.

    8. Denny Strausser Jr says:

      I wish people would shut up about the (Oh Know, No More Underground Sales.) Isn’t better anyways, to be able to buy it legally?

      I wanna take a vacation in Colorado next year, staying a week, partly to get high. Partly because, I would like visiting CO. If I don’t go to Colorado… (CO), then I’ll think about Washington, as there’s many attractions in WA as well. Could always go to The Worlds Fair. That would be fun actually. Get High, Then Visit The Space Needle. 😉

    9. phrtao says:

      I will be interested to see how many more international flights will go to Seattle and Denver. They are looking like more tempting tourist destinations than California, New York and Florida. I expect many europeans will suddenly discover skiing in Aspen rather than the Alps this winter 😎

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