Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The story is at Real Clear Policy. In part:
Building its system of licensing and regulation, under the supervision of the state’s Liquor Control Board, has been slow going for Washington, at least compared to Colorado. Licensing processes for growers, processers, and retailers have been slower than hoped for and plagued by some controversial choices. As a result, today’s openings in Washington will be far more limited than Colorado experienced back in January; just a handful of stores will have licenses (just one in Seattle, where demand is highest), and the legal supply available to them to sell will be extremely limited for now, making prices much higher than the black market initially.