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Published on Friday, March 15, 2013

Proposed changes to I-502 implementation

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.