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After passing Initiative 502 to legalize marijuana in November, Washington is now stuck trying to learn about — and regulate — pot. It's a challenge. So much so that the state is hiring a consultant to help draft its marijuana laws.
It's an unusual situation for the Liquor Control Board, which will oversee cannabis use and abuse. Think about it: It's not every day that a state decides to legalize something that the federal government continues to criminalize.
The Board must address how the state will approach growing, tracking, testing, processing, distributing and selling cannabis products before the end of the year, The Olympian reports. And it won't do it alone. The consultant, remember?
Washington has issued a 17-page request for proposals (RFP) outlining the topics that the consultant -- or team of consultants -- will help define. The areas include:
Do you have a workable knowledge of the green market? Do you want to make history? There's still time to apply to be an Initiative 502 implementing consultant. Consultant proposals are due February 15, and the winner(s) will be announced March 5. The final award will be announced March 20, The Olympian reports.
Best of all, non-heinous felony priors -- like pot priors -- will not automatically take you out of the running, according to Politico.