Washington moves toward legal market

As The Daily Chronic reports, Washington is many months away from implementing a state-regulated marijuana market.

Here, according to The Chronic, are some of the key elements of initial draft rules aimed at addressing diversion of marijuana out-of-state, traceability of the drug from seed to sale, youth access to marijuana and an array of other public and consumer-safety concerns.

A SAM affiliate, the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WSAVP), is also focused on the implementation of policies to prevent youth marijuana use and promote healthy communities.

Among those policies are:

Restrict marijuana advertising beyond what is included in I-502, which does not address mass media, such as magazines, television and the Internet. Marijuana already is advertised in mainstream publications despite a federal ban on advertising controlled substances.

Restrict product sampling in stores, farmers markets, or any retail outlet.
Mandatory responsible vendor program for all licensed vendors, including medical marijuana outlets to prevent sales to minors and reduce theft and robbery.

Extend smoke-free laws to include marijuana smoke.