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Bill #:  2000

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Making changes to Initiative Measure No. 502

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

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Summary/AWC comments

Rep. Christopher Hurst (D-Enumclaw) introduced legislation he hopes would facilitate smoother implementation of legalized recreational marijuana set into action by the passage of I-502. HB 2000 focuses primarily on allowing the Liquor Control Board (LCB) more discretion in setting application and licensing fees and more flexibility in determining the location for retail stores.

Key points of the bill:

· Allows the LCB to set application and licensing fees to cover the costs it takes to process them.

· Gives the LCB more authority to suspend licenses and establish licensing violation penalties.

· Creates a “502 Marketing Certificate” which is a prerequisite to obtaining an operating license. This certificate would be auctioned off and would presumably generate significantly more revenue for the State than the licensing fees alone.

· Reduces the distance a retail outlet must be located away from specified public
facilities from 1,000 feet to 500 feet.

For questions or comments, please contact Candice Bock or Brittany Sill.

Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to facilitating the efforts of the liquor control board to ensure the timely implementation of a well-designed, commercially viable regulatory scheme for the development of a legal marketplace for marijuana as required by Initiative Measure No. 502;



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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Jane Wall
Lobbyist:  Candice Bock

Issue Area

Law & Justice

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