Washington State Marijuana Business Licenses Postponed Until December 1, 2014

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As Washington State announces their intention to postpone the issuance of any marijuana cultivation or processing licenses – at least until next spring. Many can’t help but question whether or not Washington is deliberately procrastinating? Staying on the sidelines where it’s safe. Waiting to see how the feds will react in CO.

Washington state is delaying its timeline for granting marijuana growing and processing licenses – and that means legal marijuana sales likely won’t begin before spring of next year.

Rather than issue growing licenses this summer and processor licenses this fall, as called for in a tentative prior timeline, the Liquor Control Board will issue all licenses Dec. 1, spokesman Brian Smith said Wednesday.

That means the growers likely won’t be able to get to work until December, and the final product probably won’t be ready for a couple of months after that.

Washington joined Colorado last fall in becoming the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21, and to allow the sale of taxed pot at state-licensed stores. Washington’s Liquor Control Board has been devising rules for the industry, covering topics such as how the plants will be grown, how marijuana products will be tested for strength and quality, and how many retail stores will be allowed.

Issuing all the licenses at once will help growers because they’ll have a better picture of the industry before they begin growing, Smith said.

“If you were interested in becoming any of our licensees, you’d want to have a good idea of what the business landscape is going to be,” he said. “For example, if you want to grow, how much competition will you have? How many retailers will there be? You’ll be able to get a sense of that right from the beginning.”

The official timeline announced Wednesday was based on input from public forums that the board held around the state regarding its implementation of Initiative 502.

The board will begin vetting draft rules for all license types with stakeholders in mid-May. The rules are expected to become effective in August, and the board will begin accepting applications for growing, processing and retailing licenses in September.

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft manager who is working to create a high-end marijuana brand called Diego Pellicer, after his great-grandfather, said the board is acting prudently.

“What we’re doing here in the state of Washington is something of monumental importance,” he said. “All eyes are going to be on Washington. Let’s make sure we do this right.” source:

I’m not a gambler… but if I were, I wouldn’t bet against the [federal]house. Obama’s got nothing, so he’s scared and dangerous. He’s holding a pair of political ‘deuces’ and he knows it. Afraid of showing America’s “tell.” Fearful of the United States appearing to be pro marijuana [i.e. Pro drugs] on the world stage. And what other countries (important trading partners – generating massive revenues) might think of Obama’s administration, appearing weak, soft – accepting of drugs.

  

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