SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington has tentatively picked a Massachusetts-based firm led by a University of California, Los Angeles, professor to be its official marijuana consultant.
Botec Analysis Corp. is based in Cambridge, Mass., and evaluates government programs and provides consulting relating to drug abuse, crime and public health. If the award of the contract is finalized, Botec will advise state officials as they develop rules for Washington's new industry in legal, taxed marijuana.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board scheduled an announcement on the award of the contract for Tuesday morning, but sent an email to losing bidders Monday telling them the winner. A copy of the email was provided to The Associated Press.
Botec is headed by Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA.