Washington State Is Teaching the World How to Regulate Weed

It Had Never Been Done Before We Did It—Not Even in the Netherlands


I'd be especially interested to know what aspects of our seed-to-sale traceability requirements other states and countries would want to emulate, and which they would want to do differently (see http://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?c…). Colorado and other states require similar traceability, but a key difference is that the records are a matter of public record here (Washington state's sunshine laws are pretty amazing; http://www.atg.wa.gov/obtaining-records). While license holders complain that these tracability regulations add a significant operational cost and force them to share inner workings of their business they'd rather keep private, I'd argue that overall it's a net positive for the citizens who approved legal adult use to have full transparency into the inner workings of this new market to prevent shady pockets from developing.