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Washington marijuana shoppers may now leave a tip

Customers shop at Ganja Goddess, a recreational marijuana store in Seattle, May 15, 2015.
Customers shop at Ganja Goddess, a recreational marijuana store in Seattle, May 15, 2015. The New York Times

Buying some pot? It’s OK to leave a tip in the jar.

Tipping had previously “not been an allowable process in a licensed retail marijuana location,” according to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

That interpretation, according to an LCB release this week, has been revised following changes to state law:

“Due to the statutory change, the Board has revisited the policy position and its interpretation.”

So, effective immediately, “customer tipping is now an allowable practice in licensed retail marijuana stores.”

The memo does caution, however, that tipping cannot be required or made a condition of sale, nor can it be linked to the price of the product to avoid tax obligations. Also, the agency reminded licensees that with tips allowed, “there may be business or employee taxes associated with the tips received.”

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