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Liquor Control Board Adopts Proposed Rules for I-502 Implementation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today filed the CR103 for Initiative 502.  Filing the CR103 is the formal procedure for adoption of the proposed rules for the implementation of I-502 and the final step in the rulemaking process. These rules will serve as the basis for Washington’s newly created recreational marijuana market and are the result of 10 months of research and public input. Thirty days after adoption the rules will become effective, November 16.

 

“Over these last several months have put together a comprehensive system of rules which will serve as the foundation for this new industry,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “This has been a very open process of rule-making with public involvement each strep of the way. We appreciate all the support and involvement we’ve had from Gov. Inslee, local officials, law enforcement, industry members and Washington citizens along the way.”

 

The rules achieve the Board’s stated goal of implementing a tightly regulated and controlled recreational marijuana market. They also align with the Department of Justice’s stated areas of concern by addressing out-of-state diversion of product, traceability of product from start to sale, youth access and other public and consumer safety concerns.

Liquor Control Board Announces Public hearing schedule for I-502

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board will hold four public hearings across Washington regarding the proposed rules for Initiative 502 implementation. The hearings are a required part of the rulemaking process and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer public testimony on the proposed rules for I-502.

“Everything we’ve done regarding I-502 has drawn a crowd and we want to accommodate everyone. Having four hearings across the state allows us to do that,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “This is a chance for those who are impacted by, or anticipate being involved in, the business of marijuana to testify for the record about the proposed rules.”

Additional information regarding the proposed rules for I-502 implementation — including the proposed rules, a summary of changes, answers to frequently asked questions and Small Business Economic Impact Statement — is available on the WSLCB website at: www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502.