Friday, June 13, 2014

Liquor Control Board to adopt rules to include marijuana concentrates

Earlier this week, the Liquor Control Board adopted a Revised Interim Policy on Recreational Marijuana. This policy is needed to implement ESHB 2304 which was passed during the 2014 legislative session. The interim policy will be in effect until permanent rules are adopted.  The interim policy may be read here.

The law changes the definition of marijuana to include concentrates: 

"Marijuana concentrates” is defined as resin extracted from the Cannabis plant with a high THC concentration, in contrast to “marijuana,” which includes the entire Cannabis plant.  The definition of “marijuana-infused products” is changed to include marijuana or marijuana extracts with between 0.3 percent and 60 percent THC concentration.

Under state law, during one transaction adults can buy: 
  • one ounce of usable marijuana (leaf form);
  • 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form (foods including candies); 
  • 7 grams of marijuana concentrates (oils, waxes);
  • 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form (beverages).
What does that look like?

By Greg Farrar, Appearing in Issaquah Press

The picture above is of one ounce of usable marijuana.  Depending on who you ask, an ounce can produce 30 to 50 joints.

Analytics 360 is a state-licensed cannabis testing lab.  Their website contains test results for marijuana products that include photos.  The above photos is of a caramel which is listed as weighing 17 grams, about 0.6 ounces.  This particular caramel seems to contain 8 servings according to the Liquor Control Board's definition of serving size.

The orange soda analyzed by Analytics 360 is in a 12 ounce bottle.  It appears to contain 3-4 servings according to Liquor Control Board rules.  

The above concentrates are advertised on a Seattle marijuana dispensary's website and are listed as weighing 0.5 grams each.  Concentrates are highly potent and they are used for "dabbing" because "a dab will do ya."  

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