Saturday, October 19, 2013

Panel approves rules for Washington pot industry

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state has approved rules for its new legal marijuana industry.

After nearly a year of research, planning and public hearings, the three-member state Liquor Control Board adopted the rules Wednesday.

The regulations cover everything from the security and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores can open in cities across the state.

Washington and Colorado voted last year to legalize marijuana and allow its sale for recreational use at state-licensed stores. In Washington, supporters hope the sale of taxed pot to adults over 21 might bring the state tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.

The proposed rules allow up to 334 pot stores to open in Washington. The stores are expected to open by next summer.

Colorado approved its marijuana industry rules last month.

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