State approves proposed rules for marijuana retail

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has approved proposed rules for Washington’s future marijuana market.

If enacted, the rules, which were issued in a 42-page document July 3, will govern the state’s system of producing, processing and retailing recreational marijuana.  

In its rule-making process, the liquor board held eight public forums that drew more than 3,000 attendees.

According to the liquor board’s timeline for its implementation of Initiative 502, the measure passed by voters last November that legalized marijuana in Washington state, a series of public hearings regarding the proposed rules will be held between Aug. 6-8.

The tentative locations for those hearings at Olympia, Seattle, Ellensburg and Spokane, according to the board.

Final rules are set to be adopted on Aug. 14, and they will become effective on Sept. 16. The liquor board is mandated by the new law to complete rules for marijuana production and retail by Dec. 1, 2013.

More information and updates can be found online at www.liq.wa.gov.

The proposed rules (in PDF form) are available here: WSLCB proposed rules

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