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Washington: Lawmakers & Marijuana Policy Experts To Provide Update To Marijuana Entrepreneurs

There is a truth that must be heard!Development of adult-use marijuana rules and regulations on the docket for discussion at trade association event

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) will host an Educational Series Event on April 9 in Seattle. Geared to assist medical marijuana entrepreneurs and investors create responsible and successful businesses, Educational Series Events feature a panel of experts and networking period for cannabusiness professionals.

The 90-minute program will feature experts on Washington marijuana policy and development of rules and regulations under I-502. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and networking reception.

What: NCIA Educational Series Event, "State & Federal Policy Update"

Where: McCormick and Schmick's - Harborside at Lake Union, 1200 Westlake Ave North, Seattle

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 7-10 p.m.

Who: Hilary Bricken, Harris & Moure, PLLC, Seattle, WA
Steven Davenport, BOTEC Analysis Corporation
Rick Garza, Washington State Liquor Control Board
State Representative Roger Goodman

Washington: Marijuana May Be Legal, But You Still Can't Smoke It In Bars

(Photo: Daniel Berman)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Washington state voters approved the legalization of marijuana at the ballot box last November, but they still won't be allowed to use it in bars like alcohol.

The state plans to crack down on bars that have been getting around a ban on consuming cannabis in public by converting part of their space into private clubs, reports Eric M. Johnson of Reuters.

Washington is considering how to regulate marijuana under the new "legal" paradigm, and evidently it's still just not quite as "legal" as alcohol.

Along with Colorado, Washington became one of the first two U.S. states to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. The Washington law will eventually allow cannabis to be sold at taxed at state-licensed stores, but the state Liquor Control Board -- charged with overseeing the recreational pot market -- said on Wednesday that it will clamp down on bars where people are allowed to consume pot.

"These licensed locations are allowing patrons to either smoke, vaporize or otherwise ingest marijuana on the premises," the board said in a stiffly worded statement.

Washington: State's Legal Marijuana Consultant Said In 2010 That Legalization 'Can't Be Done'

There is a truth that must be heard!Massachusetts-Based Think Tank Is Successful Vendor To Provide 'Technical Expertise' As Board Implements Cannabis Legalization

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) has chosen a Massachusetts-based firm , Botec Analysis Corp., led by Mark A.R. Kleiman, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, to be its official marijuana consultant. Ironically, Kleiman, in a 2010 editorial, wrote that state-level legalization "can't be done."

Botec, based in Cambridge, Mass., was chosen to provide technical expertise as the WSLCB implements Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measured approved by 55.7 percent of the state's voters last November. Dr. Kleiman teaches public policy at UCLA, and is considered an expert in criminal and drug policy, including probation, parole, and incarceration. (More on that corrections-intensive resumé in a moment.)

Botec specializes in crime and drug policy, and will serve as the prime contractor. The fact that both the think tank and Kleiman specialize in "crime" is cause for concern among some marijuana advocates, who long for the day when cannabis will be defined in something other than criminal terms. (Was it too much to ask for this to happen after voters approved legalization?)

Washington: Lawmaker Wants To Increase Legal Marijuana Licensing Fees

Washington: Lawmaker Wants To Increase Legal Marijuana Licensing FeesBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Well, that didn't take long.

Months before any marijuana stores have even opened, one Washington state lawmaker is already proposing that license fees required to grow, process, or sell cannabis be increased.

Rep. Christopher Hurst (D-Enumclaw), who chairs the House committee in charge of marijuana, said Washington will be leaving "money on the table" unless it increases the cannabis licensing fees, reports The Associated Press.

Hurst wants to create a new "certificate" to be issued by the Liquor Control Board, which was put in charge of marijuana under Initiative 502, the cannabis legalization measure approved by Washington voters in November.

His bill would make the certificate a required precursor to obtaining marijuana licenses, and it would require the Liquor Control Board to set the price of the certificate and of the licenses.

Under I-502, those wishing to grow, process or sell marijuana legally must already pay a $250 application fee and a $1,000 annual renewal fee. Hurst says that's too cheap.

Washington: Residents Seek Answers About Legal Marijuana At Final Public Forum

Photo - Washington: Residents Seek Answers About Legal Marijuana At Final Public ForumBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

About 200 people attended a marijuana forum Thursday night in Bremerton, Washington, the last of eight meetings the state Liquor Control Board has held around the state as it prepares licensing regulations for the newly legal cannabis industry.

Speakers overwhelmingly supported rules that would allow a marijuana cottage industry, rather than a market dominated by a few large corporate producers and a black market, reports Josh Farley at The Kitsap Sun.

"My biggest fear is that Big Agra, Big Pharma, and other corporations, having had no real great investment, interest or sacrifice, will lobby hard to seek control and dictate to those who are now in this historic position," said Christy Stanley, a Kingston mother of four who wants a future in the cannabis industry.

Stanley focused her support on the cottage industry that could develop and asked that no barriers be erected that could hinder that type of development, rather than a big corporate takeover.

Some of those attending expressed concerns about high taxes, the scientifically unsupported low marijuana blood limit for driving included in the legalization measure, and "exposing drug use to children."

Washington: Officials Delay Announcement of State Marijuana Consultant

Source: Victoria TaftBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Washington state officials were supposed to name the Evergreen State's new marijuana consultant on Tuesday, but said they had received so many applications for the new position that they are delaying the announcement of a winner.

There were 98 applications for the job, which pays $87,000 a year. The chief duty of the marijuana consultant will be to advise the state Liquor Control Board on rules governing Washington's new legal marijuana industry, according to spokesman Mikhail Carpenter, reports The Associated Press.

Additionally, the marijuana consultant will be expected to "gather input" from police, farmers, cannabis users and others to help Liquor Control Board director Pat Kohler "understand the product and the industry itself," The Seattle Times reported last month.

According to Smith, the consultant is needed to determine how much weed is consumed in Washington, so the state can come up with a way of knowing how much should be grown and sold. "We're trying to get that sweet spot," Smith said, "where we can get that right amount that is produced in Washington state to meet the market demand."

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