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  Panel OKs Rules for Wash. State's MJ Industry

Posted by CN Staff on October 16, 2013 at 12:44:47 PT
By Gene Johnson, Associated Press  
Source: Associated Press 

Seattle --  Washington became the second U.S. state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana Wednesday, setting what advocates expect to become a template for the legalization of the drug around the world."We feel very proud of what we're doing," said Sharon Foster, chairwoman of the Washington Liquor Control Board, as she and her two colleagues approved the rules. "We are making history."
Washington and Colorado last year legalized the possession of up to an ounce of pot by adults over 21, with voters deciding to set up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and sellers. The measures put state officials in the difficult position of crafting rules for a fledgling industry barred by federal law for more than seven decades.The liquor board devised the rules after nearly a year of research, debate and planning, including public hearings that drew hundreds of people around the state. The rules cover everything from the security at and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores can open in cities across the state.Sales are expected to begin by the middle of next year, with supporters in Washington hoping taxed pot might bring the state tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, with much of the revenue directed to public health and drug-abuse prevention."What the Liquor Control Board has done is build a template for the responsible regulation of marijuana," said Alison Holcomb, the Seattle lawyer who drafted Washington's marijuana initiative. "This is a template that is going to be reviewed by other states, and already is being reviewed by other countries," including Mexico, Uruguay and Poland.The board's members said they had tried to strike a balance between making marijuana accessible enough that legal pot would undermine the black market, but not so accessible that it would threaten public health or safety. The board hopes the sale of legal pot will capture about one-quarter of the total pot market in the state, for starters.Under the rules, the board will issue licenses for up to 334 marijuana stores across the state, with 21 of them in Seattle - a figure some have questioned as too low, considering the city estimates about 200 medical marijuana dispensaries are operating there. The City Council has passed zoning regulations for pot businesses that would require medical marijuana dispensaries to obtain a state license or stop doing business by 2015.The rules limit the number of licenses that anyone can hold to three - an attempt by the board to stamp out any dreams of marijuana monopolies before they start. They also prohibit out-of-state investment in pot businesses and require quality-control testing of marijuana by third-party labs. Marijuana must be tracked from seed to sale, and packages must carry warnings about the potential dangers of pot use.Hilary Bricken, a Seattle lawyer who is advising businesses that hope to obtain marijuana licenses, said her clients largely are content with the regulations, though some are disappointed by the three-license max and the ban on out-of-state money."It's a huge undertaking, and the board has been extremely fair," she said.Washington's rules take effect in one month, and the state plans to begin accepting license applications Nov. 18.Colorado approved its marijuana industry rules last month. They require businesses to use a state-run online inventory tracking program to document the plant's journey from seed to sale. Marijuana also must be placed in opaque, child-resistant containers before being taken out of a store, and recreational pot stores won't be allowed to advertise to people under 21.The federal government announced earlier this year that it would not sue Washington, Colorado or other states over plans to tax and regulate marijuana sales for adults over 21, provided they address eight federal law enforcement priorities, including keeping marijuana off the black market and keeping it away from kidsWashington's legal marijuana law includes zoning requirements keeping the businesses away from schools, parks and playgrounds.Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Gene Johnson, Associated Press Published:  October 16, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews   -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #34 posted by FoM on October 20, 2013 at 18:41:55 PT
My nephew is 60 (I was 5 when he was born) and he hasn't been sober since his late teens. We talk almost everyday on the phone and seeing a person develop like he is doing is wonderful.
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on October 20, 2013 at 18:39:04 PT
We are on the exact same page. I have learned a lot on the journey we all travel. I am very much in tune with many things now. My nephew that I thought was going to die from alcoholism has been sober for 3 months and what a joy it is to see him finding a purpose in life of real value. He has become a humble person that is absolutely loveable. That is the good news this year for me.
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Comment #32 posted by museman on October 20, 2013 at 17:56:36 PT
roughest years
Me too. More real shock and awe than even my wild and crazy years. Too much death too close to home. I lost more than I thought i could lose, but i also gained a lot of insight and understanding. And part of that is a profound sense to make the best of the time I have left. I am amazed at how so many, even the conscientious, are convinced in our youth to literally throw our time away for mere possessions and temporary sense gratification. And then invariably near the end we start to realize the vanity of it all. Having to have that realization on your deathbed can't be a good thing. It would be better for the youth to humble out and seek wise guidance instead of following the mainstream carrots on sticks that all lead to wasted lifetimes and little else.IMO
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on October 19, 2013 at 20:13:20 PT
We are a polite group of people. The older I get the slower I am to anger. I agree life is too short and we should use it wisely. I have been through one of the roughest years in a long time. Money wasn't a worry and I am grateful but our friends getting AIDS and the one passing away from it was a reliving of what I went through with my son. I have done more search then I ever thought I would have to do again. I don't have much energy to waste it on anger. I want to spend my time making people have hope for a better tomorrow. I still wear my rose colored glasses.
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Comment #30 posted by museman on October 19, 2013 at 18:37:48 PT
You are welcome. I'm trying to be "slow to anger." I would have just gone on ignoring if not for the pointing  going on and you and a couple of others already having made statements...I think everyone has been quite polite. Life is just too short to get all involved in BS.Peace :}>
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on October 19, 2013 at 15:45:56 PT

Thank you. I cannot explain anymore then I nicely have. I avoid reading comments when they begin to annoy me. I am slow to anger but I do have a limit. You have explained it very well. 
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Comment #28 posted by museman on October 19, 2013 at 15:43:51 PT

Oh I was only foolin'. So I guess I'm just pretending to be young while pretending to pretend to be old?
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Comment #27 posted by museman on October 19, 2013 at 15:38:51 PT

mexed up
Dude, if you can't read the posts don't respond. Whatever good you think you are trying to do doesn't work if its obvious that you pay very little attention to what people are trying to say to you. Why should any of those 'hits' you talk about care one whit about anything you say, especially since they come here to read what we say about cannabis issues and side issues of freedom?Everyone here does not always agree with each other, except in some fundamental ways about cannabis and ending prohibition, but we respect each other's opinions and often agree to disagree.Part of that respect is in actually reading a post before one responds to it. I know in the past this has infuriated me to the point of challenge and conflict; nothing is more disrespectful to a person that taking small out-of-context word and phrase references form someone elses post and turning them around to serve personal agendas.I stated i didn't want to pursue this, but for the sake of the peace i will one last time.I can almost see some real ideas and content mixed in with your personal agendas to market products, and wage your own attack on tobacco -which as a reformed smoker -dry now for over a decade- I actually sort of agree with in spirit, though nothing about your approach to that topic do I agree with.Word of wisdom; do not make it personal. Adjust your mode or take a vacation.LEGALIZE FREEDOMBTW, i have a novel, several audio cds, and a bunch of appliances I'd like to sell. You don't see me trying to push them over here do you?

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Comment #26 posted by mexweed on October 19, 2013 at 14:09:38 PT:

Re: Cain and "my sword"
1. I think it's fair to point out another interpretation to the Cain-Abel story, which is that except for Abel, EVERYONE in the story, including God, was a FIRST-BORN (original meaning of "prince", "princess") of his or her kind, and they tend to look down on later-borns like Abel.Also Abel had the misfortune, in addition to being "different" from the four others, to be the FIFTH member, as in "fifth column" and "fifth wheel", subject to be distrusted and "expendible". You leave out that God permitted Cain to go into exile somewhere safely, and the purpose of the mark was to indicate that no one was to punish Cain for what he did! Despite one instance of favoritism because of his love for meat, I think God was in on the prejudice against Abel from the start.2.  museman, I salute you for making pipes, the issue for me is what the crater diameter is (5.5mm, 6mm and 1/4" best), plus having a screen and a long flexible drawtube and a two-inch safety pin for scratchcleaning for the next toke. I am not "advertising" for some particular present-day marketer, but for anyone who wants to make and promote the vape toke devices #1 and #2 in the "Smoke Pipes" article-- please sign in and edit, improve, rewrite, add pictures, or add a section on the type of pipe you have made, etc.If not through excellent brilliant handwork, how do we "advertise" Cannabis Creativity?"End of discussion"? "Raise the sword"? I thought-- or fuzzily hoped?-- that this website was read by a wide enough readership that posting suggestions here would have an important impact on events, even at the cost of multiple mentions of an important theme (the establishment issue of "regulation and control" isn't going away, let's offer a POSITIVE interpretation of how to get the benefits of that). Will you forgive me if I hoped to reach thousands of outsiders who are drawn here because if they google "Cannabis News" this website is usually at the top of the search results, meaning it has numerous readers! And equipment reform-- eliminating the HBOMonoxide "joint" which promotes stereotypical dazed Stoner style creating excuses for prohibition-- has proven applicable to almost every subject covered by articles here.
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Comment #25 posted by runruff on October 19, 2013 at 09:18:44 PT

We can only fool ourselves!
"You are what you pretend to be!"-Quentin Crisp
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on October 19, 2013 at 08:37:21 PT

I love my Bros. You make me smarter.
You make me smile. And you are right. So right. I suspect someone is about fourteen and learned to speak publicly from reading Dr. Bonner's liquid soap labels. Or even worse... some sort of prohibitionist trying to do something.Museman, pretending to be old. I love it.I'm fixing to pretend to be old and cranky, too.Mexweed. You got to tell us all about your pipe experiences and ideas about how you would run the world and peoples' lives and activities. I didn't want to say... but, the work "projects" you want to force people into are just creepy and the idea that people are ignorant about their consumption methods is more than well taken care of at this point. Move on to your ideas to end this dangerous, deadly, and destructive prohibition of cannabis. Express your ideas about the articles. We are more than well told about your "work project" ideas, the choomette, one hitters, tubes, and socket wrenches. Get on with it. You don't need to repeat yourself constantly. We're not that old.
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Comment #23 posted by museman on October 18, 2013 at 19:25:15 PT

runruff 21
I know!
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Comment #22 posted by museman on October 18, 2013 at 19:19:50 PT

Where White Boys Come From
Once upon a time there were two brothers, known in english speaking cultures as" Cain and Abel.Now it just so happens that, as the story goes the two brothers were out walking in the wild (some think desert...) one day, away from their camp/village having a heated discussion about the recent favoritism shown to Abel in his sacrifice to God who was a hunter and shepherd . Cain was a gardener and was quite upset when his offering of veggies was spurned in favor of Abel's meat.In fact he was so upset that he raised his hand and slew his brother Abel, and buried him out of sight.He was walking back to his home, thinking about what he was going to tell his dad and mom, when a huge voice -had to be God- spoke to him;"Cain!" Spoke the powerful voice, shaking the ground like thunder, "Where is your brother?"Cain answered "What? Am I my brothers keeper?""The blood of your brother cries out from the ground!" The Voice of God exclaimed. "You are a murderer!" He continued;" I am going to put a mark on you that everyone from hence will see and know that you are a murderer!"And Cain got so scared, he turned white.And that Virginia, is where white boys come from.P.S. Hey tarantino, if you use this one in a movie without asking me I'm gonna raise my sword!
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Comment #21 posted by runruff on October 18, 2013 at 19:18:31 PT

Ok, I did it!
I sat down and imagined your suprise. Whew! Boy, WERE you suprised! I imagined?
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Comment #20 posted by museman on October 18, 2013 at 18:31:43 PT

No, 3rd, The second one was while I was in the Navy. There for a while I had this big imaginary family called the United States of America. Imagine my surprise when I grew up that second time!
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Comment #19 posted by runruff on October 18, 2013 at 18:20:54 PT

 "...pretend to be old to keep everyone guessing&q
I am guessing you are in your second childhood?
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Comment #18 posted by museman on October 18, 2013 at 18:20:36 PT

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Comment #17 posted by runruff on October 18, 2013 at 18:06:06 PT

I never metaphor I didn't like!
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on October 18, 2013 at 17:09:01 PT

I also thank you. I am very tired of it all too.
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Comment #15 posted by canis420 on October 18, 2013 at 17:02:34 PT:

Thank you
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Comment #14 posted by museman on October 18, 2013 at 16:43:15 PT

runruff metaphors will die with me. Until then I got a sword. But I concur; 'raising' some things does get moot with age...But then I'm just a kid. I only pretend to be old to keep everyone guessing!
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Comment #13 posted by runruff on October 18, 2013 at 15:12:12 PT

" not raise my sword."
Dude, at my age I can barley raise my voice. To raise anything else on my body would take a full blown "back from the dead" resurectuion!
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Comment #12 posted by museman on October 18, 2013 at 15:05:26 PT

and furthermore...
I like a few others here am getting tired of the continual advertisement for 'alternative smoking devices' all up in content that only barely reflects the comments and intention of the comments.I don't need 'schooling' about any of that. I'd say the odds are good I was making my own pipes -and if you really want a good medium for a pipe, try pipestone, -if your white-boy attitude can get past the Minnesota Pipestone Gate -before you, 'mexweed' were out of diapers.I buried two Rainbow Warriors this past year, and quite frankly the ignorance being reflected towards them and others who have experienced cannabis beyond the capitalistic, carpetbagger mentality of 'a better pipe' has reached a saturation point of insult and carelessness.If this were my forum, you'd have been gone months ago. I have a lot less tolerance than FoM.End of discussion. Any further ignoid response will negate my intentions to not raise my sword.
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Comment #11 posted by museman on October 18, 2013 at 14:19:39 PT

I don't need
to be 'controlled' or 'regulated.' I was born a free man. I tested those liberties -with no harm or intent to harm- and the "controllers" and "regulators" have come up severely lacking in any kind of "appropriate" manner. Their restrictions on my liberties because there are stupid people in the world is not even close to fair, and where is my "representative? And instead of trying to help, they just pass more laws to serve their wealthy constituents, and increase the cop population to enforce them.There is no "Appropriate control and regulation." stop telling me otherwise unless you can prove it.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on October 17, 2013 at 17:00:35 PT

The Spirit Shall Unfold: Listen for it Within
Moody Blues: The Voice
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Comment #9 posted by afterburner on October 17, 2013 at 16:44:36 PT

Watching and Waiting for Real Legalization
The Moody Blues - Watching and Waiting will continue to change the law until it reeks of love and freedom.
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Comment #8 posted by mexweed on October 17, 2013 at 13:23:48 PT:

APPROPRIATE control and regulation
 museman, I thankfully want to reconcile your position (about those controls and regulations) with my conviction that, guess who-- the Long Stemmed One-Hitter is the answer.You're disappointed--and so am I-- with the amount of red tape (tax-$$-paid authoritarian bureaucrat Controls and Regulations) in the first round of legalization planning which includes just more irrational self-defeating prohibition. Example: no explicit allowance for PARENTS to teach Toke Literacy to their kids, who are left to instead acquaint themselves with cannabis away from parental guidance (Moderation Mentoring), puffing on a H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide "joint"-- in Britain maybe with addictive nicotine tobacco mixed in, or similarly a cigar-skin "blunt"-- as furnished by some ignorant peer or dubious "dealer".a. As against sneak prohibition, vigorously positively promote a Standardized 25-mg Single-Vapetoke Utensil (S25SVU) which combines all virtues of Control and Regulation right in the device itself, making the "can't use/offer that" dictatorship OBVIOUSLY unnecessary! b. Require dispensaries to give a free Long-stemmed One-Hitter to each certified customer buying herb, with illustrated booklet showing how to make, use, clean, repair the utensil! So that if the customer, being a parent, subsequently shares herb with an under-age family member, there are the BEST conditions for certitude that the child will not subsequently fall into the worst-on-planet drug disaster, addiction to 6,000,000-early-deaths/year nicotine $igarettes. (Or binge-drinking, itself a sneakotine method of recruitment into $igarettes).c. Today I found an empty pack with a picture of an ugly burnt "butt" and a warning message in Arabic and English as legally required in some country, "Smoking causes early death." Same authoritarian approach you point out above as on cannabis, some would-be libertarians will get angry and actually defend "smoking". Now think, what if, instead of the negative scare propaganda, the law required every $igarette pack to carry positive ADVERTISING for an e-cig, pen vape, one-hitter etc.? One oligopoly company, Lorillard, has already bought a couple of e-cig companies, we should ENCOURAGE that, let the corps "SWITCH" to Positive Harm Reduction, get government help to "Bail Out Philip Morris", retrain the tobacco and $igarette workers, get 3 million women in India now hand-rolling toxic 450-mg "beedi's" handworkerly engaged making one-hitters, sifting herb (tobacco, tendu leaf, cannabis or other) to #16 grade for use only in one-hitters etc. FORGIVE---> CONVERT---> REDEPLOY!
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Comment #7 posted by museman on October 17, 2013 at 10:14:37 PT

has displaced the English language.To be 'Legal' all these controls and regulations cannot be there. This is just a compromise that puts the power, money, and 'authority' just where the man wants it -out of the peoples hands.No celebrations yet please. Colorado is a lot closer to true legalization, and Washington is closer to Oregon - but only by proximity, not 'laws.'Wait until Ore and Cal make the vote and see if those state legis can stand by the people instead of the wealth.IMO
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on October 17, 2013 at 08:42:06 PT

wait a bit until you see what "history" entails. They are about to remove the right to grow from medical MJ, as well as collectives that provide for sick people. Why? Because the taxes aren't high enough on the medical side. The Colorado law didn't take anything away from patients.
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on October 17, 2013 at 07:50:51 PT

"We are making history." 
Yes they are making history. They do it standing on the shoulders of such great and dedicated hereos as Marc Emory, Jack Herer, ET AL. plus thousands of dedicated civil protesters, martyrs and spiritual warriors.She should give mention.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 17, 2013 at 07:03:22 PT

Storm Crow
It's great to see you and that is good news.
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Comment #3 posted by Storm Crow on October 17, 2013 at 01:39:33 PT

Guess who just came out fin favor of MMJ?;_ylt=A2KJNTv2.V5SPBoAURfQtDMDIn Mexico, Dalai Lama backs medical marijuanaSan Francisco del Rincón (Mexico) (AFP) - The Dalai Lama weighed in on Mexico's marijuana legalization debate on Tuesday, telling an audience that he backs the drug's use for medicinal purposes.The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking at an event hosted by former Mexican president Vicente Fox, said that "the exception" for smoking marijuana would be if it has pharmaceutical virtues. "But otherwise if it's just an issue of somebody (using the drug to have) a crazy mind, that's not good," he said after being asked his position on legalization at the outdoor event at the ex-president's Fox Center in the central state of Guanajuato. (snipped)
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on October 16, 2013 at 21:21:29 PT

Assoc. press
this read like a TASS press release from the 80's.  Alison Holcomb's ego is out of control.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on October 16, 2013 at 14:26:26 PT

I am in awe!
Cannabis Shop
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