WA 502

Liquor Board Issues Marijuana Rules, Announces Retail License Application Schedule

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today adopted emergency rules and issued new draft rules to begin the public process of aligning the medical marijuana market with the existing recreational market. The Board’s actions are the result of 2015 legislation, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, which established a priority system for licensing existing […]

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  • 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.

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  • Liquor Stores to Close Thanksgiving Day

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, in observation of Thanksgiving. State liquor stores will be open their regular hours on Friday, Nov. 26.


    Contract liquor stores may be open on Thanksgiving. Please contact contract stores directly for their holiday operating schedules.


    Store schedules and phone numbers are available on the Washington State Liquor Control Board website at www.liq.wa.gov.


    The Washington State Liquor Control Board’s mission is to contribute to the safety and financial stability of our communities by ensuring the responsible sale, and preventing the misuse of, alcohol and tobacco. The WSLCB returned $370.3 million in Fiscal Year 2010 to fund essential state and local services.

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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.

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  • State Liquor Store Auction Totals $30.75 Million

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) successfully auctioned the rights to apply for a spirits retail liquor license at 167 state-run liquor stores statewide. The sum of individual bids totaled $30.75 million, with rights awarded to 121 individual successful bidders. Online bidding ended in a flurry of bidding on its final day, April 20, 2012.

    Business Enterprise Director Pat McLaughlin and his team executed this highly successful and historic feat in the midst of so many other pressing activities related to the transition to private liquor sales, I am proud to be part of such a capable and professional organization. – WSLCB Chair Sharon Foster

    Initiative 1183 directed the WSLCB to auction the state store properties at their current location. However, the state leases the properties, not owns, creating a unique circumstance for the auction.

    Successful bidders earned the exclusive right to apply for a liquor license at the current location within its current footprint. All state store properties are below the 10,000 square foot threshold established by the initiative. Successful bidders will need to secure a lease with the property landlord. If they are unable to secure a lease, they may re-sell their right or request an alternative location within a one-mile radius of the existing location.

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