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LCB to Issue First Marijuana Licenses Today

This morning, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be issuing its first licenses for marijuana production and processing under its new recreational marijuana regime. One of those license applicants is from Spokane, which is ironic given the city’s previously unfriendly attitude towards marijuana. And, as KXLY out of Spokane reports, LCB Member Chris Marr has confirmed that ten applicants are in the final inspection stage of the marijuana licensing process.

Marr told the media that, in the final inspection stage, potential growers have an investigator from the LCB walk through the facility to make sure it complies with I-502 guidelines (applicants must request these inspections). The applicants must show that the surveillance on their cannabis plants is operational and they must also show that they are sticking to the plans they submitted when they applied for a license last year.

Once the license is awarded, Marr says the grower can start moving plants into the facility to start providing product for the state’s marijuana market. The LCB says that its licensing grants will be staggered to help with supply and also because there are so many inspections to do.

Despite this progress on the production side of things, Washington has still not held a single lottery to determine who will be licensed to sell marijuana to the public for recreational use. KXLY reports that these lotteries are set to begin in mid-April.

If you want to catch a glimpse of one of Washington State’s first recreational marijuana licensees, be sure to tune in to watch the LCB’s monthly meeting at 10 a.m. (PST) today.