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Green Thumb? Washington State Looks For Pot Consultant

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Sporting a mix of flannel, ponytails and suits, dozens of people turned out Wednesday at a forum in Tacoma seeking a job as a consultant on marijuana for the Washington state Liquor Control Board.
    
Liquor Control Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter says that while the agency has a long history with licensing and regulation, it needs a consultant to help with technical aspects of marijuana sales.
    
The board has advertised for consulting services in four categories. The first is "product and industry knowledge."  Other categories cover quality testing, development of regulations and statistical analysis of how much marijuana the state's licensed growers should produce.
    
A liquor control board official says minor pot-related conviction might not disqualify someone from a contract.
    
Bids are due Feb. 15, with the contract awarded in March.


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SEATTLE (AP) - Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.
    
As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal marijuana, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it's best grown, tested, labeled, and cooked into brownies.
    
Those angling for the job are expected to meet Wednesday in Tacoma with state bidding experts to discuss the requirements and hiring process. Officials reserved a convention center hall that fits 275 people - plus an overflow room.
    
Last fall, Washington and Colorado became the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and setting up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores. Adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce of heavily taxed cannabis.

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