Spokane County pot dispensary owner says new rules unfair

Spokane County pot dispensary owner says new rules unfair
Jason Errol Dixon, who owns Herb Nerds on East Indiana and another medical marijuana dispensary on North Division, says he may have to close because of new state regulations. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Medical marijuana
Like all medical dispensary owners, James Errol Dixon had to apply for a new license in order to comply with state regulations approved by the Legislature in 2015. In December, he got a letter from the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board informing him that his application received the lowest possible priority although he’s had his businesses since 2014. Dixon said the regulations aren’t fair and are designed to run the little guy out of business.

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A visual of gravitational waves from two converging black holes is depicted on a monitor behind Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Co-Founder Kip Thorne as he speaks to members of the media following a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, as it is announced that scientists they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The announcement has electrified the world of astronomy, and some have likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
A visual of gravitational waves from two converging black holes is depicted on a monitor behind Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Co-Founder Kip Thorne as he speaks to members of the media following a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, as it is announced that scientists they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The announcement has electrified the world of astronomy, and some have likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

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Jason Errol Dixon, who owns Herb Nerds on East Indiana and another medical marijuana dispensary on North Division, says he may have to close because of new state regulations. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Jason Errol Dixon, who owns Herb Nerds on East Indiana and another medical marijuana dispensary on North Division, says he may have to close because of new state regulations. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County pot dispensary owner says new rules unfair  

James Errol Dixon is fed up with marijuana regulations in the state of Washington. Dixon owns Herb Nerds, a medical marijuana dispensary on East Indiana Avenue in Spokane Valley, and Herb N Pipe on North Division Street in Spokane. Like ...



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