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Marijuana rules get a little less hazy with release of requirements

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Marijuana stores in Washington state will be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m., they’ll be monitored at all times by video surveillance and smokers will be assured their product is homegrown by a “produced in Washington” logo.

The state Liquor Control Board released its first draft rules for legal marijuana under Initiative 502 on Thursday. Here are a few details from the 46-page document:

  • Marijuana labels must include a warning that says “May be habit forming.” The label must also have the “produced in Washington” logo that shows the outline of the state with a marijuana leaf in the center.
  • Organic marijuana must be certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
  • Marijuana stores may be open from 6 a.m. and 2 a.m.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to get into the marijuana business must live in Washington state for at least three months before applying for a license.
  • Applicants must also undergo a criminal background check and cannot have more than “eight points” against them. The point system includes several categories, such as a misdemeanor conviction (four points), a felony conviction (12 points) or a gross misdemeanor (five points).
  • Marijuana stores cannot be located within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, playground, recreational center, day care, public park, public transit station, library or arcade.
  • Workers in marijuana facilities must have a photo ID badge, and the building must have an alarm system and surveillance camera system.
  • Marijuana will be tracked from “seed to sale” through a system “specified by the board.”
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