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How to Open a Cannabis Business in Washington with I 502

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How to Open a Cannabis Business in Washington with  I 502

Frequently Asked Questions

 When can adults legally possess and use marijuana?

As of December 6, 2012, adults age 21 and over in Washington state can no longer be arrested under state law for possessing limited amounts of marijuana.

How much marijuana can adults legally possess under I-502?

Under Washington law, adults can possess 1 oz. of useable marijuana, 16 oz. of marijuana infused product in solid form, and 72 oz. of marijuana-infused product in liquid form.

Can I grow marijuana at home?

No. Unless you are an authorized medical marijuana patient under Washington law, home growing is not allowed.

When can marijuana retail outlets sell marijuana?

The Washington State Liquor Control Board, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Health will have until December 1, 2013 to complete rulemaking that will create a system to license and regulate the production, processing, and sale of marijuana. Commercial businesses can be set up after rulemaking is complete and once a license is obtained.

Where will stores be located?

Licenses will authorize stand-alone marijuana businesses, with similar restrictions to the old state liquor stores. Marijuana stores must be located at least 1,000 feet away from schools and parks. The number of marijuana store licenses will also be determined in rulemaking.

Does I-502 change Washington’s medical marijuana law?

No. Washington’s Medical Use of Cannabis Act remains unchanged.

Can marijuana be used in public?

It will remain unlawful under Washington law to use marijuana in public. Similar to a traffic offense, violations will result in a civil infraction bringing a fine but not arrest.

Can a prospective employee still be drug tested for marijuana when applying for a job?

I-502 does not change Washington state employment law, which allows for employment drug testing in some situations.

How do the DUI provisions work under I-502?

I-502 creates a standard for marijuana impairment while driving, similar to the .08 cut-off for alcohol. The DUI provisions focus on active THC in one’s system that can impair a driver and not inactive marijuana metabolites that do not cause impairment. As is currently the law, an officer will need to have probable cause for an arrest and reasonable grounds to believe a driver is impaired before requiring a breath or blood test. Nor does it change the fact that blood tests can only be administered by medical professionals.

How will the federal government respond to I-502?

Proponents of the new law look forward to working with federal officials in a spirit of

collaboration and cooperation to ensure that it is fairly implemented. The law’s tightly

regulated system will improve public safety and increase respect for law enforcement. We hope that federal officials will respect the will of our state’s voters and not enforce federal laws against Washington residents who are obeying state law.

When does I-502 take effect?

Here is a summary of important dates for implementation of I-502:

· December 6th, 2012: Initiative 502 goes into effect.

On this date it will be legal for adults 21 and over to possess limited amounts of marijuana under Washington law. I-502’s Driving Under the Influence provisions will also take effect.

· December 1st, 2013: Rulemaking Must Be Completed.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Health must conductrulemaking as specified by I-502 to set up a system to license and regulate the production, processing, and sale of marijuana. No commercial business can be set up until rule making is complete and licenses are obtained.

· September 1st, 2015: Evaluation

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy must provide legislature with a preliminary evaluation and recommendations regarding the cost-benefit outcomes of I-502. Additional evaluations will be produced in 2017, 2022, and 2032.

· TBD: Tax Rate Adjustment Recommendations

The Washington State Liquor Control Board shall review I-502 tax levels and make recommendations to the legislature regarding adjustments that would further the goal of discouraging use while undercutting illegal market prices.

So,  you want to learn how to start a Marijuana Collective, Marijuana Delivery Service,  Marijuana Co-op, Club, Smoke Shop, Cafe, Edibles or Confection Manufacture or Marijuana Grow Operation;

i 502 requirements for business in seattleOn March 23rd & 24th of 2013, Washington Cannabis Institute and attorneys will be hosting a live seminar to go over all aspects of marijuana business operation.

At Washington Cannabis Institute – it all begins with helping YOU to understand what is proper, lawful and appropriate!

Our hands on medical marijuana business start-up seminars or one-on-one consultations are perfect to get started!

You get an intense day of advanced information about how to start and operate a medical marijuana patient collective (club or co-operative).  This collective can cultivate and handle transactions between patient-members, while providing a community location for club activities, education and out-reach.

Find out how Washington Cannabis Institute can help you in your business.  Check out our Business Services.


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