Wait for legal pot just got longer

Author: Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist, ianc@kxly.com
Published On: Apr 17 2013 06:29:06 PM PDT   Updated On: Jan 06 2014 11:20:02 AM PST
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

If you're planning on buying legal pot in December you'll have to wait a little longer. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has announced it'll hand out growing licenses in December instead of this summer.

That means you won't see pot retail stores opening December 1 like everyone expected because the state has pushed back it's tentative timeline.

Until Wednesday, people were led to believe grower and processor licenses were expected to be issued in August. That would give them enough time to grow the pot -- and have it in stores by December 1 -- when pot shops were going to open.

Growers say it takes about four months to grow a cannabis plant, and that means the shops are expected to open next March.

This move by the liquor control board does not violate Initiative 502, which said rules and regulations must be in place by December 1. A board spokesman said the delay allows the growers, processors and retailers time to see the industry as a whole.

The board will have preliminary rules for those people interested in starting a marijuana business next month.

This may all be an academic exercise however, as both Colorado and Washington are still waiting for the federal government to decide if they'll allow the states to move forward.