Washington state prepares for marijuana retail sales

Robyn Bowen of Seattle, Washington smokes marijuana underneath the Space Needle shortly after a law legalizing the recreational use of  marijuana took effect on December 6, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (File)  (Stephen Brashear, Getty Images)
Robyn Bowen of Seattle, Washington smokes marijuana underneath the Space Needle shortly after a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana took effect on December 6, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (File) (Stephen Brashear, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/24 2:47 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As the state prepares to issue the first licenses for marijuana retail stores, Gov. Jay Inslee and other state leaders are announcing steps the state is taking to keep pot out of the hands of minors, including making sure that marijuana-related labels aren't geared toward kids.

During a news conference Tuesday, officials with the state Liquor Control Board — which has been overseeing the implementation of the state's recreational marijuana law — said that they are likely to adopt emergency rules Wednesday detailing new labeling and packaging requirements for edible marijuana to minimize the appeal to children. 

A statewide radio and online campaign launched by the Department of Health addresses the health risks of using marijuana.

The Liquor Control Board will issue the first retail licenses on July 7, and the stores that are ready can open the next day.

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