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Liquor Control Board Opens Rulemaking to Address Public Marijuana Use

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington state officials say it is not OK for bars to allow marijuana use, and officials plan to take quick steps to address that.

The state Liquor Control Board made the announcement Wednesday and says they are beginning rulemaking to address the use of marijuana in liquor licensed establishments.

Although pot is legal for adults in the state, public display and use of marijuana is barred under the law, punishable by a civil infraction carrying a $103 fine.
    
The board's rules allow it to punish bars that allow criminal activity on-site, but not bars that allow civil infractions, and that's the loophole regulators intend to address.
    
Board members say they are concerned about people mixing alcohol and marijuana, then getting behind the wheel.

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