WASHIGNTON: A historic new law is expected to be signed by Governor Jay Inslee that will put medical marijuana under tighter state regulations similar to recreational marijuana.
Many believe the law will thin the number of store fronts that have opened because of a new license requirement regulated by the state Liquor Control Board.
The LCB is expected to announce sometime this year the number of licenses that will be issued to medical marijuana dispensaries. Businesses must have opened before July 2013 to qualify. However the LCB will have discretion over who gets priority beyond that.
“This had to happen,” said John Davis, CEO of the Northwest Patient Resource Network and owner of a medical marijuana shop in Seattle.