Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee will likely sign a bill passed by the Legislature that would roll the state’s unregulated medical marijuana market into its heavily regulated recreational cannabis program.
The bill would require dispensaries and MMJ cultivators to obtain licenses through a new agency called the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, which would replace the Liquor Control Board.
The new board would come up with a system to award the permits, giving preference to applicants who already had applied for a recreational marijuana license prior to July 1, 2014, with second priority going to those who worked for or owned a collective garden prior to Jan. 1, 2013.
The bill’s sponsor told the Spokane Spokesman that it’s essential for the state to eliminate unregulated, unlicensed growers to give patients a “clean supply and an adequate supply.”