Washington State Rules & Regulations

It’s been five years since Washington voters went to the polls and voted for the legalization of recreational marijuana use. Now, there is as much confusion across different areas in the state, as there was before marijuana was legalized.

Under the state laws, growers have to follow the same rules as liquor stores, thanks to not yet classifying cannabis as agriculture. Cannabis growers cannot operate within 1000 feet of any parks or schools. They are also under huge pressure to meet operating regulations and provide security, and inventory tracking.

In the city of West Richland there has been complaints about the two stores in existence, about the smell. This has Benton County commissionaires ready to cap the number of new stores at the existing two.

In Spokane County there has also been a large number of complaints about the 160 growers and processors. Kittitas County doesn’t allow any marijuana retail in it’s unincorporated areas, begun by allowing growing to take place under an agriculture designation. They later moved to a stiffer set of regulations that meant zone classifications.

Please leave a comment below to tell us the difficulties your facing as a retailer or grower.

Changes to the Washington Cannabis Bill

There have been a number of changes made to the original 2012 law.

It’s now legal to share a bowl with someone. Previously it was illegal, and would have got you a jail sentence. But now you can happily have a great time at a friends house passing the bowl around to all the guests.

You can now buy seeds direct if you are a medical marijuana card holder. Although the state does not approve recreational home growing yet, it is now considering the possibility.

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