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State's retail pot gets rolling Tuesday


You're curious, concerned or psyched.

It's been 20 months, or some 600 days, since Washington voters legalized weed, and the first wave of retail pot stores is finally poised to open Tuesday. In the meantime, Seattle elected a legally married gay mayor, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge collapsed.

It's been so long since we voted for Initiative 502 that the details aren't easy to recall.

And there were details. The initiative was 65 pages long. It specified where pot commerce couldn't occur and the precise amounts of bud and brownies adults could possess. It earmarked taxes and set license fees.

But I-502 still had to be translated into practical rules, a task voters handed to the state Liquor Control Board (LCB). Steeped in regulating whiskey and vodka, the agency faced a steep learning curve.

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