Retail marijuana in Washington state
March 25, 2013 8:57 AM   Subscribe

In what month can the state of Washington realistically expect to see a commercial storefront retailing marijuana to the general public (with proof of age)? [citations appreciated]
posted by Ardiril to Shopping (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I think they're still in the RFP phase. Here's a proposed timeline as of a few months ago.

So... December 1 if all goes according to plan.
posted by supercres at 9:03 AM on March 25, 2013

They don't expect to finalize the rules before December 1, so that would be the earliest date. FAQ
posted by kindall at 9:03 AM on March 25, 2013

Amendment 501 gives the liquor control board until Dec. 1, 2013, to establish new regulations that will govern, among other things, licensing for sales. How those regulations shake out will determine how possible it is to actually obtain a license. So we don't know for sure, but definitely after Dec. 1, and probably not before 2014 at the earliest.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:04 AM on March 25, 2013

That RFP page is outdated. Washington recently announced their choice of consultants - BOTEC Analysis. Blog by the head consultant of the chosen firm is here. Checking that blog for updates would be your best bet.
posted by daksya at 9:58 AM on March 25, 2013

Update: the consultant I referenced above, Mark Kleiman, states in an interview: "State-licensed pot stores probably won’t open until late spring" (of 2014).
posted by daksya at 7:11 AM on March 30, 2013

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