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August 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Your pot questions answered: Do I need an ID? Price controls? What’s Olympia’s plan?

We’re about a month and a half into marijuana sales, but readers still have plenty of questions about pot. Here’s our take on few:

Q: I want to know how oil availability will work in Washington? Will companies like Open Vape or Ionic be able to sell pre-filled oil in stores now? Or does the pot used to make the oil have to be grown in Washington then produced in Washington? – Kevin

A: The pot must be grown and processed in Washington by a state-licensed business. To get a license, you must be a Washington resident for at least three months. Unless Open Vape or Ionic were licensed by the state (we don’t see that they are), they won’t be able to sell pre-filled oil.

There are oil products on the market right now at some stores. By October, expect more oil on the market because supply will rise and more processors will be ready to extract.

Q: What bills in the state legislature or state-wide ballot initiatives are in the pipeline to try to fold parts of the state’s medical marijuana laws and operations under the umbrella of legalized pot for all? Colorado seems to have done this successfully. What’s Olympia’s plan? – Ben

A: This will be the biggest question regarding pot that state lawmakers have to answer this legislative session. Last year, a bill that would have addressed medical marijuana died on the last day of the session. In 2015, the legislative session will be longer, and that should give lawmakers more time to figure out what to do. More on medical.

Q: I’m going to travel to Washington to see friends this fall. Can I buy pot even though I’m from out of state? Do I need an ID? – John

A: Yes, if you’re more than 21 years of age, you can buy up to an ounce of pot. It doesn’t matter where you’re from. You will need an ID. Stores generally operate as a bar would, with ID checking outside the door. More on who can consume pot under state rules.

Q: Are price controls built into the law, or does supply/demand hold sway? What are the mandatory taxes? – Dave

A: Price controls were not written into Washington’s pot law. Supply and demand will drive pricing. Here’s a tax primer.

Q: Are you going to be updating your “Where’s The Weed?” blog post? – Ronald

Probably not. We had some help from an awesome summer intern on those posts and she’s moving on. To be frank, we don’t think that responsibility was a ton of fun for her because there’s only one store in Seattle. Cannabis City posts their stock on their website. Until we have more stores, that’s your best bet.

A: Where can I find a list of approved dispensaries in Washington State? – Louis

Just to be clear, when we use the word “dispensary” we’re discussing medical marijuana, which is a mostly unregulated market. We don’t believe an “approved” list exists. In fact, the city of Seattle isn’t even sure how many dispensaries are within its city limits. Leafly is a good resource for finding dispensaries and stores.


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