Draft rules for marijuana retail system expected July 3

The Washington State Liquor Control board will take two additional weeks to gather last-minute public input before filing official draft rules for a new system that will govern how recreational marijuana is grown, processed and sold in the state.

The draft rules were initially expected to be filed by mid-June, but the new filing date is now July 3.

“In keeping with our goal of an open and transparent process for drafting the rules, we’re going to take an additional two weeks to consider the last-minute input we’ve received,” said WSLCB Director Rick Garza, in a press release. “The board was prepared to issue the rules on June 19. However, it’s our responsibility to carefully review and consider the comments we received.”

June 10 was the liquor board’s deadline for collecting public input on its first cut of draft rules that were released on May 16. While the initial written comments on the rules were relatively light, according to the board, officials said it received extensive written comment last weekend and throughout the deadline day from public and private organizations.

Liquor officials have also released specific dates for an upcoming public hearing on the draft rules, the rules’ adoption and the day they will officially take effect.

More information is online at www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502.

Current draft rules timeline

June 19: Board work session on proposed rules (schedule will be posted here soon)

July 3: Board files official draft rules (CR 102) with the state Code Reviser

August 7: Public hearing on draft rules

August 14: Board adopts rules

September 14: Effective date for rules. WSLCB begins accepting applications for all license types.

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