Washington officials to consider pot industry rules

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Officials in Washington state are set to consider new rules for the state’s new marijuana industry.

The Washington Liquor Control Board meets Wednesday to consider changes to the preliminary draft rules the agency released in late May. Those preliminary rules came from board staff members who spent long hours visiting marijuana grow houses and researching the industry.

Marijuana sales in Washington should begin in early 2014, unless the Justice Department stops them. Pot remains illegal federally.

Last fall, voters made Washington and Colorado the first states to legalize the sale of taxed marijuana to adults over 21 at state-licensed stores.

In Colorado, devising rules for the pot industry fell to the Legislature. In Washington, the board must establish rules for how pot should be grown, packaged and taxed.