Legal marijuana sales begin in Washington, 2nd state to allow pot without prescription

Published time: July 08, 2014 15:15 
Edited time: July 09, 2014 10:42

Marijuana dispensaries in Washington state began legally selling recreational weed on Tuesday morning, joining Colorado by officially becoming the second state in the country where adults can lawfully purchase pot.

Customers formed lines outside retailers in the Evergreen State early Tuesday as select shops prepared to open their doors for the first time ever.

On Monday, state officials handed out licenses to 25 proprietors, clearing the way for recipients to begin selling weed 24 hours later. Early Tuesday, local media outlets were showing that some prospective buyers had begun lining up outside of dispensaries with the intention of being among the first Washingtonians to legally buy marijuana.

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Washington Initiative 502

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Finally the first license was awarded and the recipient was Sean Green and Kouchlock Productions located in Spokane, WA

Washington Initiative 502 (I-502) “on marijuana reform” was an initiative to the Washington State Legislature, which appeared on the November 2012 general ballot, passing by a margin of approximately 56 to 44 percent. Originally submitted to the Washington Secretary of State during the summer of 2011,[1] enough signatures were collected and submitted by December to meet the required 241,153 signatures, sending it to the legislature.[2] When the legislature adjourned without action in April, Initiative 502 automatically advanced to the November 2012 general ballot.[3] It was approved by popular vote on November 6, and will take effect over the course of a year, beginning with certification no later than December 6, 2012.[4] Along with a similar Colorado measure, Initiative 502 was called “an electoral first not only for America but for the world”,[5] and credited for encouraging voter turnout of 81%, the highest in the nation.[6]

Initiative 502 defined and legalized small amounts of marijuana-related products for adults 21 and over, taxes them and designates the revenue for healthcare and substance-abuse prevention and education. As noted at RCW 69.50.101, cannabis is still classified as aschedule I controlled substance under federal law and subject to federal prosecution under the doctrine of dual sovereignty. Possession by anyone younger than 21, possession of larger amounts, and the growing of unlicensed or unregulated marijuana remains illegal under state law.