State Regulators Seek To Limit Marijuana Industry

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  State Regulators Seek To Limit Marijuana Industry

Posted by CN Staff on September 05, 2013 at 14:40:43 PT
 By Jonathan Kaminsky 
Source: Reuters 

Olympia --  Washington state regulators, aiming to limit the state's nascent marijuana industry, want to cap the amount of space available to grow recreational marijuana at 2 million square feet (185,800 sq. meters) - the equivalent of about 35 NFL football fields.The limit was among proposed state marijuana rules released on Wednesday, roughly a week after the U.S. Justice Department said it would not sue to block legal pot so long as certain guidelines are met, including keeping the drug away from children. "This is an important day," said Brian Smith, spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. "These are the rules we believe are going to govern the system going forward."
Washington state and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use after approving separate ballot initiatives last year, even as the drug remains illegal under federal law. Some 20 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes.In addition to limiting the amount of space that can be allocated to growing recreational pot, the new draft rules in Washington state also cap how much non-medical marijuana can be grown statewide at 40 metric tons, and would limit recreational-use pot growers to a footprint of up to 30,000 square feet per facility.In a departure from earlier draft rules, state pot regulators also sought to keep big business from dominating the recreational pot industry by barring anyone from holding a stake in more than three retail stores or three growing and processing facilities.In proposing the limits, regulators were seeking to balance having enough marijuana on hand to compete with the black market and the medical marijuana industry while not producing so much that excess pot would spill over to other states where it remains illegal, one of the regulators said.Chris Marr, a member of the Washington State Liquor Control Board that is tasked with drafting the state rulebook on recreational pot, said production caps were likely to rise in future years.He noted that state marijuana consultant Mark Kleiman has estimated the legal recreational pot market would account for just 13 percent of pot sold in the state in its first year, with medical marijuana and black market pot comprising the remainder.The proposed rules will be subject to public hearings next month and are scheduled to become effective in November, two days before the state plans to start accepting pot license applications and a year after voters approved legalization.The first retail stores will likely open next June, said Sharon Foster, chairwoman of the three-member Liquor Control Board.The board said it plans to allow a total of 334 stores in the state, parceled out by county. To spread the stores out more evenly, some cities will have separate caps. Seattle, for instance, will be limited to 21 pot stores.Among other proposed rules, regulators would close a loophole that would have allowed pot candy and other goodies to be packaged in wrappers designed to appeal to children.They would also require pot businesses be located at least 1,000 feet from schools and certain other locations, measured by walking or driving routes to the facility, rather than as the crow flies, to make it easier for pot businesses to find suitable real estate in dense areas such as Seattle, board members said.Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Ken WillsSource: Reuters (Wire)Author:   Jonathan KaminskyPublished: September 4, 2013Copyright: 2013 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #7 posted by mexweed on September 06, 2013 at 12:41:59 PT:
Mind-kampf (please read further)
Interesting point from  muse about comfort, in this Amerikkka COMFORT (Kampf-for-it) means redundant reassuring wealth you have to "earn" money to pay for-- or some expensive "house" confinement, habit-regularity or sugared drug overdose that makes you feel better by relieving ANXIETY (such as with one MEDICATIN' friend of mine who needs a 24-ounce nonresealable can of beer gulped down hurriedly in order to get to sleep, and then he may need Tylenol the next morning. The mental/physical penalty for overdependence on such relief is oppression or, in case of most individuals, depression (deep prison, deutschpreussen etc.) Sad sedentary "set and setting" behavior which combined with cannabis (like at the same time as serving a toke when they ought to be getting themselves up for interesting work, produces an amotivational sittin' sin scene blamed on the cannabis.The yes-sir work time he/she had to do to get the money for the beer and the Tylenol is their slave time. A $3000/yr. $igarette habit is often found in individuals with under $20,000 yearly salary, a 15% slave person.The fear of punishment runs slave societies: until the 1860's in this country a slave would be punished for disobedience, punished harder for trying to run away, and anyone who tried to help a slave escape might be lynched. Anyone who is pro-cannabis should be strongly anti-slavery.Real best method to cure anxiety, any time with or without herb: take a smooth slow deep breath, then do the hard stuff you take a toke in order to be couraged up to do.
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Comment #6 posted by museman on September 06, 2013 at 10:04:49 PT
Communism has nothing on Amerika. Fascism is at an all time high. At least in Russia -for example- the people had enough power to remove and change their government, while all our government has to do to maintain power is threaten the comfort of their slaves.But the analogy as it is intended is still correct.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #5 posted by ekim on September 05, 2013 at 19:40:28 PT

speaking of football
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on September 05, 2013 at 17:20:45 PT

don't know your past, don't know your future:>>>Stalin's campaign of forced collectivization was a major factor explaining the sector's poor performance. 
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on September 05, 2013 at 17:18:57 PT

Communist Cannabis
I call this communist for a reason - it's just like the Soviet agricultural planning after the communist revolution. I could go into detail, check the history books - bottom line: millions died of starvation under Communist agriculture.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 05, 2013 at 16:29:26 PT

This Is Going To Be Interesting...
Plenty of work for legislators and regulators (and then later on, the cops and the DEA), who is of ill-will and who wants to move forward?
Marijuana Industry
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