It's no secret that recreational marijuana use has been legalized in Washington, at least on the state level. The issue Washingtonians have been facing since the legalization though, is how to regulate and sell it. On September 4, KATU reported that marijuana might be available in limited retail outlets as early as November.
The Washington Liquor Control Board approved a set of marijuana retail rules that would allow 334 marijuana retail outlets to operate within the state. Under these guidelines, the retail outlets would be divvied up by county and would depend on population density. The higher the population, more outlets would be allowed.
These new rules mean that Clark County would be given as many as 15 marijuana retail outlets. The ruling would allow six stores in the city limits of Vancouver, with the other nine stores located throughout the remainder of the county. In order to obtain a permit, retailers would have to adhere to strict guidelines and permits would be given out based on an application and lottery system.
Washington officials have estimated that up to 13% of marijuana users will utilize the retail outlets and as confidence grows, that number could increase to as much as 25%. By regulating the growth and sales of marijuana within Washington state, cartel and gang activity related to marijuana production and sales is expected to decline. Additionally, the state will reap the benefits of the added tax revenue.