The state will collect taxes equal to 25% of marijuana sales at each step on the supply chain: from producers to processors, from processors to retailers and from retailers to the public.
It’s unclear how many of those customers may be from elsewhere. Out-of-state residents will be allowed to buy marijuana in Washington, but they can not legally take it out of the state.
Washington’s stores opened without a supply of the edible marijuana products that have proven to be a regulatory challenge in Colorado, in the hope that the delay would allow producers to adjust existing recipes, the strengths of which were attuned to medical users, for newcomers.
Though Washington law does not pre-empt federal statute, under which marijuana is still illegal, the Justice Department assured Washington governor Jay Inslee that it would not sue to overturn the state’s development of a highly regulated marijuana market. Inslee and Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson announced that the Justice Department would focus on enforcing the Controlled Substance Act’s provisions against distribution to minors and beyond state borders, among other things.
It is still illegal in Washington state to grow your own marijuana, to buy it on the black market and to consume it in public.