Washington state will require kid-proof packaging for pot
Picture taken in Montevideo on May 8, 2013 of a young man smoking a marijuana joint during a demonstration demanding a new law on cannabis. [AFP]

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state, which is moving forward on allowing stores to sell pot for recreational use, will require child-resistant packaging on marijuana products, Governor Jay Inslee said on Tuesday.

Inslee, a Democrat, told reporters at a news conference that state officials are particularly concerned about ways to keep marijuana away from those under the age of 21, especially children. "We're not going to allow cartoons, we're not going to allow toys" to be sold with pot products, he said.

The state also will require labeling of the active ingredients in marijuana and lab testing of cannabis products, Inslee said.

The Washington state Liquor Control Board will issue licenses on July 7 to the first marijuana retail stores to open in the state, officials said.

When those stores open next month, they will not be allowed to sell edible marijuana products because rules for those items are still being developed, said Sharon Foster, chairwoman of the state Liquor Control Board.

Voters in Washington state and Colorado in 2012 became the first in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana at the state level, and Colorado has allowed sales of the drug at retail stores since the beginning of the year. The drug is still banned under federal law.

Twenty-two states, including Washington state and Colorado, allow marijuana for medical use.

(Reporting by Bryan Cohen in Seattle Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Sandra Maler and Eric Beech)

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