Spokane Gets 8 Pot Stores in Proposed Rules

By Paige Browning

Eight marijuana retail stores will be allowed to open in Spokane, but no more. The Washington state liquor control board filed proposed pot rules Wednesday with that new limitation and others.
 
The liquor board will allow no more than 334 pot outlets statewide. That includes 18 for all of Spokane County, 31 in Pierce County, and 61 in King County. City Council member Jon Snyder says he thinks a lot of people in Spokane worried marijuana retailers would start popping up all over the city.
 
Snyder: “But the Washington State Liquor Control Board very clearly limited them in the same manner that we used to limit Washington state liquor stores. I think it makes sense to have those limits.”
 
He says it’s hard to tell what will or will not deter black market sellers.
 
Other restrictions include a maximum yearly production of 40 metric tons, packaged marijuana must include dosage and warnings, and products must be lab approved.
 
Some changes are in response to the Department of Justice, who announced last week they will not sue Washington and Colorado for legalizing pot.
 
The liquor board will soon announce a public hearing on the proposed rules. The city of Spokane will have its own hearing September 11th regarding related city policies.
 
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