As Washington state prepares to issue the first licenses for marijuana retail stores, Washington state leaders on Tuesday announced a coordinated campaign to make sure pot stays out of the hands of minors once products start hitting store shelves next month.
Different state agencies are working together to make sure the
public has the information they need to make healthy decisions and the
tools that they need to keep our kids safe. The Liquor
Control Board will issue about 20 retail licenses on July 7, and the
stores that are ready can open the next day. More stores will get
licensed in the following days.
During a news conference on Tuesday,
officials with the state Liquor Control Board, which has been
overseeing the implementation of the state's recreational marijuana law,
said that they are poised to adopt emergency rules Wednesday to do
three things concerning edible marijuana: require all marijuana-infused
products to be labeled clearly as containing marijuana; require all
products to be scored in such a way that a serving size is easily
identified by the consumer; and requiring marijuana-infused products to
be approved by the board before sale.
Previously adopted rules
already require marijuana-infused products to be stored behind a counter
or other barrier, and to be child-resistant. Officials stressed that no
product will approved if it has a label that is appealing to kids.
Edibles won't be available
right away once stores open because a commercial kitchen is required,
and, so far, no processors with commercial kitchens have been licensed.
state has launched a $400,000 statewide radio and online campaign by
the Department of Health this week that urges parents to talk with their
children about the health risks of using marijuana. The Washington
Traffic Safety Commission also launched a "Drive High, Get a DUI"
campaign. State Patrol has said that troopers have been trained to recognize signs of stoned driving.
the end of 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states to
legalize possession of recreational marijuana by adults 21 and older.
The voters also called for the establishment of systems of
state-licensed pot growers, processors and retail stores. Sales have already begun in Colorado.
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