Wash. liquor board to consider amending proposed marijuana rules

August 13, 2013 

— The Washington State Liquor Control Board’s staff plan to recommend the board re-file the rules necessary to implement the marijuana-legalizing Initiative 502 to add time to consider recent input.

The board was expected to adopt the final rules at its regularly scheduled Board meeting Wednesday. If staff’s recommendation is accepted, the board would consider revised proposed rules on Sept. 4, according to a news release. Should the board decides to accept the revised proposed rules, there would be a six week public comment period on the revisions.

Officials say they are still on schedule to meet Dec. 1 deadline for rules under the initiative.

Key elements that will be included in the revised proposed rules include limiting the total amount of marijuana production, identifying the number of retail locations per county and their locations and outlining how much product a licensee may have on hand.

“Potential licensees, local governments, law enforcement and the general public all deserve clarity and certainty in the rules,” said agency director Rick Garza in a statement. “Our stakeholders are not telling us to hurry up. In fact, they are asking us to consider their comments for the proposed rules. Their input now will only help strengthen and improve the rules that will govern Washington’s system of legal marijuana.”

For more information go to www.liq.wa.gov.

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