first_imgYAKIMA — Marijuana could be grown outdoors in the sunshine — no grow lights or greenhouses required — under draft rules for Washington state’s new marijuana industry approved Wednesday.The rules, approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board during a meeting in Olympia, establish regulations for pot producers, processors and retailers and set the stage for legal recreational marijuana use to begin early next year.The decision to allow outdoor grows also increases the potential for pot as a crop in Washington’s sunny side east of the Cascade Range, where irrigated fields of apples, hops and wine grapes dot the landscape, though most agriculture groups are discouraging longtime farmers from growing it.The Liquor Control Board released preliminary draft rules in late May after board staff members spent long hours visiting marijuana grow houses and studying the science of pot.Four public hearings on Wednesday’s proposed rules, which included several key changes, will be held across the state Aug. 6-8. They will be in the Seattle area, Olympia, Ellensburg and Spokane, with exact dates and times to be determined.last_img read more