SPOKANE, Wash. -- The state liquor board approved new rules for potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana in the State of Washington.
Washington is one of two states to approve the recreational use of marijuana. In the state, there will be both recreational marijuana dispensaries and medical marijuana dispensaries.
The board has decided that you will need a medical marijuana card to buy from medical marijuana dispensaries. If you are a recreational user, you need to be at least 21-years-old.
The 43-page document put together by the liquor board includes everything such as, how far away a marijuana store can be from a school, park and other places where children are.
The owner of “Spocannabis,” the original medical marijuana dispensary in Spokane, said he has no plans to go into the recreational marijuana business.
Owner, Darren McCrea, formed Spocannabis after he was diagnosed with a severe case of Rheumatoid Arthritis 10 years ago.
McCrea said he is glad the recreational businesses are going to be regulated.
McCrea says a medical marijuana user can have 24 ounces of marijuana in their possession and a recreational user can only have 16 ounces. He says a medical marijuana user can also grow marijuana plants and a recreational user cannot.
Spokane County will be allowed 18 licensed marijuana stores, with eight stores in the city of Spokane and three in the city of Spokane Valley.
McCrae said he is a little worried that some of his customers will start using the recreational dispensaries. He also wants to remind his customers that sales won’t begin until sometime in the middle of next year.