This article, originally published on July 11, 2013, has been updated to reflect new information. See details below.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board will hold four public hearings across the state regarding the proposed rules for implementing Initiative 502, which requires the state to set up a system to regulate the production and sale of marijuana.
“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, in a press release. “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.”
– Aug. 6: Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett, WA 98201, 1-4 p.m.
– Aug. 6: Seattle City Center, Northwest Rooms, Olympic Rooms, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109, 6-9 p.m.
– Aug. 7: Red Lion Hotel, Fir and Spruce Ballroom, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, WA 8502, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
– Aug. 7: Central Washington University, Student Union Ballroom B and C, 400 E. University Way Ellensburg, WA 98926, 6-9 p.m.
– Aug. 8: Spokane Convention Center, Ballroom 100A, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201 6-9 p.m.
Additional information regarding the proposed rules for I-502 implementation, including the proposed rules, a summary of changes, answers to frequently asked questions and a small-business economic impact statement, is available on the liquor board’s website: www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502.
Update: July 12, 2013
The Washington State Liquor Control Board has revised its Initiative 502 public hearing schedule and venues to accommodate community interest. An Aug. 6 hearing set to be held at Shoreline Community College has been moved to the Seattle Center and an additional hearing has been scheduled in Everett on the same day.