[8/28/19] Marijuana Rules Makeover
Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing an overhaul of the industry’s rules. Plans call for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis, and letting the smallest growers increase the size of their operations and become more competitive. Liquor and Cannabis Board Director Rick Garza says the proposals are part of what the board calls “Cannabis 2.0.” It’s an effort to picture what the legal marijuana market will look like over the next five years. The board is requesting that lawmakers pass bills that would create a “social equity” program to help increase minority, woman and military veteran ownership in cannabis businesses, and that would allow the smallest growers to sell directly to registered marijuana patients.