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Wash. Lawmaker Pushes Amendments to Legal Pot Law

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SEATTLE, Wash. - A key lawmaker is proposing changes to the state's new legal marijuana law.

The leader of the House committee that oversees cannabis, Democratic Rep. Christopher Hurst, says the state will be leaving "money on the table" unless it increases the fees required to obtain a license to grow, process, or sell marijuana.

Hurst's measure would create a new "certificate" to be issued by the Liquor Control Board as a precursor to obtaining those licenses. It would also require the board to set the price of the certificate and of the licenses.

Under Initiative 502, those interested in the recreational marijuana industry must pay a $250 application fee and a $1,000 annual renewal fee. Hurst says those are too cheap.
The bill would also allow pot businesses to be located closer to parks, daycare's, and schools -- 500 feet instead of 1,000.