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Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Liquor Control Board releases final draft of new marijuana rules

On July 3, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) formally introduced the proposed rules for the recreational marijuana industry. The Board did not make many significant changes from the earlier preliminary draft rules. 

The proposed rules do include the caveat that a state issued license shall not be construed as approval of any local rules or ordinances. The LCB has told cities that they will not enforce local laws, but they will try to direct applicants to check with local jurisdictions as soon as possible to find out about any local requirements. The LCB anticipates adopting the rules with only minor changes at their meeting on August 14 and opening the 30 day application window on September 16. Cities can expect notifications from the LCB shortly thereafter of any license applications within their jurisdiction. 

The LCB has not yet identified how many retail outlets they will allow per county. Under I-502 the LCB must determine how many retailers may locate within each county. The LCB’s consultants are still studying the market data in order to determine an appropriate number.

The Board will be holding a series of public hearings on the rules August 6, 7 and 8. The deadline for any written comments on the rules is July 31.

LCB Public Hearing Schedule:

August 6, 2013 (North Seattle), 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

August 7, 2013 (Olympia), 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

August 7, 2013 (Ellensburg), 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

August 8, 2013 (Spokane), 6:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.

Locations for the Public Hearings will be posted on the Liquor Control Board website at www.liq.wa.gov when confirmed.  

Categories: Marijuana