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Marijuana rules yield Web clicks and some objections; here’s what’s next

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm with No Comments »
May 22, 2013 1:42 pm

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Since the first draft of marijuana rules went online last week, they have drawn 15,000 views and more than 5,900 downloads.

That’s according to the staff of the state Liquor Control Board, which wrote the proposal. Randy Simmons, who is leading the board’s implementation of legalization Initiative 502, updated the board today.

Incoming agency director Rick Garza said reaction to the rules has been positive.

Of those who do have objections, one topic has stood out: the status of hashish, the concentrated form of marijuana. The board’s draft rules interpret voter-passed I-502 as not allowing the sale of hash and other marijuana extracts unless they are infused in food or drink. Activists are worried that interpretation would mean it’s also illegal to simply possess extracts.

Garza said the board is open to suggestions to address the issue, and doesn’t have an objection to sales of the extracts — other than that they don’t fit under the law.

With draft rules written, the board’s staff is tackling how best to trace cannabis from “seed to sale.” The board will put out a request for proposals from companies that can provide tracing systems. Its staff could wrap up work next week designing the specifications for the RFP.

Another big area to be figured out is the allocation of retail stores by county. The board expects to have some demographic information on marijuana use from a consultant by the end of this month that to guide that decision.

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