SPOKANE, Wash.—The Liquor Control Board announced a final on Tuesday for when residents would be able to legally buy recreational marijuana.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which oversees legalized marijuana, said it did not want to see pot become like cigarettes. What they meant by that was they did not want to see ads for pot targeted towards children. It planned to have regulations on packaging and marketing to stop that from happening.
On Tuesday, the first retail licenses for recreational marijuana in Washington State were set to be issued on July 7, 2014 instead of the original expected date of July 1. That meant stores could start selling pot as early as July 8, 2014.
Regulators wanted to make sure marijuana did not get in the hands of children before anyone could buy it legally. Officials said customers would likely be carded. Officials said it would be a felony to sell marijuana to a minor.
Leaders planned to restrict the packaging of pot that you could eat or drink. They said there could not be any cartoons or toys on labels.
Governor Jay Inslee also emphasized that the state would continue to enforce drivers not to drive under the influence.
There will be 20 retail licenses approved on July 7. Stores would then be able to choose when they wanted to open after 24-hours.