Barcoding and constant surveillance are already ideas Colorado uses in its medical marijuana grows.
Licenses for growers need to be handed out by August so plants can provide for the Dec. 1 rush. Think about it, the state is worried about having the right amount of pot to meet the demand.
The state will also heavily tax the drug; 25 percent will be taxed to the grower, processor, and retailer. In return, the state could make more than $1.9 billion in revenue over the next five years.
Marr also said cities and counties will have certain discretion in zoning pot shops. The stores have to be 1000 feet away from schools, recreation and transit centers, and libraries. That rules out most of downtown Spokane.
The federal government could still step in and shut down the legalization process, and if it happens, Marr expects to hear that sooner than later. The state has been clear in showing the federal government Washington State is moving forward.
Jake George at Greenlink worries legitimate businesses will suffer because of federal tax regulations, since federally, selling marijuana is still illegal.
"The state wants the money. I have no problem with that, they've been very clear that this is an opportunity to create revenue for the state. But when you can't write off each individual transaction, you can't operate a business," George said.
The business opportunities are endless, but they'll have to wait until the state makes the rules. Chris Marr says they're on track and on pace.
"We're definitely first, and we have one chance to get it right, in a way that will affect federal policy and what happens in other states," Marr said.