WASHINGTON: When recreational marijuana stores open in Washington next month, state officials know many customers will be unfamiliar with the strength of the newly legal drug.
They hope strict rules on labeling and packaging will help avoid some of the overdose problems recently reported in Colorado, the only other state where recreational marijuana use is legal. But they also will launch a public education program to encourage responsible use.
“We know there will be people buying for the first time or the first time in a long time,” said Brian Smith, a spokesman for the state Liquor Control Board.
The potency of marijuana has increased in recent years as strains of the plant have been developed with higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that produces the euphoric “high.”