KENNEWICK, Wash.- The state Liquor Control Board released their first draft of regulations for selling recreational marijuana, so we decided to take a closer look at some of the more interesting proposed rules.
Since initiative 502 passed in November it's up to the state to begin laying out the rules of the recreational marijuana industry before it really gets going. Like any budding industry the government needs to lay down the guidelines.
"The liquor control board is a state or public agency and we do the work of the people and it's important that we be open and transparent and especially with this emerging marijuana market," said Brian Smith from the communications department at the liquor board.
People applying for a license to grow or sell marijuana would be subjected to background checks. The government would also track marijuana all the way from the growing through the selling process. Another regulation from the liquor control board would be restricting advertising within 1,000 feet of public schools and other buildings.
"I think it's a wise decision to keep this kind of advertising for marijuana a fair distance away from schools," said Steve Aagaard from Richland school district.
At shops like Lazy Eye in Richland where tobacco paraphernalia is currently sold, the marijuana regulations wouldn't affect the sale of glassware. But since the passage of 502 in the state they've seen a change in customers.
"It's more about the law abiding citizens that you know, they followed the rules and now that it says it's legal, they're saying why not? It it's not hurting me and it's not a crime any more why can't I do it?" said Zebadiah Hindman the manager of the store.
For more information about how you can have a voice in the new regulations check out the Liquor Control Board website here: http://liq.wa.gov/