Deer Park liquor store open to the idea of selling marijuana

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 26 at 7:30 PM

DEER PARK, Wash. -- The push to legalize marijuana is heating up.  Washington lawmaker Mary Lou Dickerson, a democrat from Seattle, wants to put weed next to whiskey on store shelves.

Linda Thrasher owns the Deer Park Liquor and Wine which is not a state-run store.  However, she is on board with the potential law legalizing some marijuana sales for adults.

"I think it would be easy to keep it off the streets and away from kids.  Parents would have to regulate it in their homes just like alcohol," said Thrasher.
 
The proposal would make marijuana available to purchase for people 21 years and older.  Revenues could go towards health care and substance abuse treatment.  Statutes would also call for marijuana growers to operate with a state-issued license.  Thrasher said the law has the potential to boost business just like liquor sales.

"It's a drug.  Both of them are and they should not be on a shelf in a grocery store, it should be a controlled situation," said Thrasher.

If the law were to pass, Thrasher said she would treat the marijuana just like any high end liquor.  She would keep it under lock and key.

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