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Regulations released for recreational sale of marijuana in Washington State

By Contributor
October 17th, 2013

Rules for recreational sale of marijuana were released Wednesday by Washington State.

The switch in thinking in some U.S. States has other countries reviewing marijuana policy, which cover everything from the security at and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores can open in cities across the state.

Washington State will tax pot highly and cap total production in the state at 80 tonnes.

Washington and Colorado last year legalized the possession of up to an ounce (28.35 grams) of pot by adults over 21, with voters deciding to set up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and sellers.

The measures put state officials in the difficult position of crafting rules for a fledgling industry barred by U.S. federal law for more than seven decades.

Sales are expected to begin by the middle of next year, with supporters hoping taxed pot will bring the state tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars, with much of the revenue directed to public health and drug-abuse prevention.

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