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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

January 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Marijuana: Liquor Control Board needs to clean up its act

Chris Marr, what have you been smoking? “Regulating medical marijuana” would be comical if it did not come from a member of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the entity responsible for the muddle known as recreational marijuana [“Medical-marijuana patients deserve a regulated system that is safe and affordable,” Opinion, Jan. 19].

“Highly trained individuals who are knowledgeable about existing research” staffing a storefront dispensary? That kind of pie-in-the-sky wish-mongering created a recreational system catering mostly to tourists — locals can’t or won’t pay for the outsized tax and regulatory burdens the state and the Liquor Control Board imposed on the recreational industry.

Few licensed stores have opened, thanks in no small part to the Liquor Control Board’s lottery scheme for awarding retail licenses, a Kafkaesque system that gave retail licenses to the lucky, whether capable or not. This effectively barred experienced medical-marijuana dispensary owners and prohibits growers from owning retail outlets. Now, after only one licensed growing season, there’s a pot glut: licensed growers with no licensed retailers buying their crops.

The Liquor Control Board should clean up their mess before they make a fiasco out of medical marijuana, too.

By the way, “large home grows” do not create explosion hazards. Manufacturing hash oil does. Should we give even more power to a Liquor Control Board that still doesn’t understand what it is regulating?

Kristy Fox, Issaquah

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