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Originally published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8:25 PM

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Q&A: The basics of the state’s legal recreational-pot system

Answers to common questions about the state’s new recreational-marijuana system, including how it differs from medicinal-marijuana sales.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Below are some frequently asked questions about the rules for a legal recreational marijuana system. The answers are culled from information provided by the state Liquor Control Board and its rules.

Q: Can I grow marijuana in my home?

A: No.

Q: Can I buy it over the Internet or through a delivery service?

A: All retail sales must take place in a licensed establishment. Neither the Internet nor delivery sales qualify as retail establishments.

Q: What are the hours for retail stores?

A: Retail marijuana operations may take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight.

Q: How will the rules prevent children from accidentally ingesting marijuana products?

A: Marijuana-infused products, such as baked goods, must be packaged in child-resistant packaging in accordance with the federal Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

Q: Can a current farm convert its crop to marijuana?

A: Converting a crop to marijuana would require a producer license, and the farm would have to meet all of the guidelines in the rules pertaining to outdoor growing.

Q: Can a medical-marijuana outlet and a retail outlet share the same space?

A: No. The two operations would have to be separate. Retail outlets are only allowed to sell marijuana that comes from a licensed processor and such processors are not allowed to sell to unlicensed entities, such as a medical-marijuana outlet.

Q: Will the state just give retail licenses to current medical-marijuana outlets?

A: No. Retail licenses will be issued to qualified applicants who meet the licensing criteria. A medical-marijuana outlet that wants to convert to a recreational outlet will have to go through the same application process as any other potential applicant.

Q: What will happen to the medical-marijuana system?

A: State lawmakers will consider regulations next year for the largely unregulated, untaxed medical system. Draft recommendations from a group of state agencies will be made public Monday (Oct. 21). Final recommendations are due to lawmakers by Jan. 1, 2014.



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