Washington’s Liquor Control Board announced today the regulations that will dictate production, purchasing, and taxation on legal marijuana, following closely on the heels of Colorado, who made a similar announcement last month. Between the two states, there are some significant differences.
For starters, Washington limits total production in the state at 80 metric tons. Right now, Colorado voters are considering whether or not to implement a production limit. Washington does not allow home-growing, while Colorado allows up to six plants at home. Colorado allows stores to sell both medicinal and recreational marijuana, while Washington forbids recreational stores from serving as dispensaries.
Some of the other differences are smaller, matters of degrees rather than principles. Both states charge fees to start marijuana businesses. In Washington, that fee is $250 per application, plus a $1,000 annual renewal cost. Colorado has fees that range from $2,750 to $14,000. Washington has separate licenses for growing, selling, and processing marijuana, and one person cannot hold all three licenses. In Colorado, licenses are needed for growing, selling, and making edible pot products, but a person can apply for all three licenses for a business. Washington limits people to three of any of those marijuana licenses, while there is no limit in Colorado. Read