Cannabis legalization continues to spread across the country, and with it comes culture change, new ideas and a brand new industry. As one of the first two states to allow recreational marijuana, Washington is a test case for how to build a legal regulatory network from scratch. Colorado, the other leading test case, had an already existing medical marijuana infrastructure to build from, where Washington’s was largely unregulated.
The marijuana market – both medical and recreational – and the structure in Washington seems to change on a daily basis. And there have been many road bumps already in recreational cannabis’ slow and clunky start.
And as new states come online, including neighboring Oregon, the situation in Southwest Washington is likely to change even more.