OLYMPIA, Wash. - Staff of the Washington State Liquor Control Board are recommending the Board re-files the rules outlining the state's new marijuana laws.
Under the current schedule, the Board was expected to adopt the final rules on Wednesday. However, if the Board accepts the staff's recommendation, staff will return to the Board on September 4th with a revised set of proposed rules.
Since filing the proposed rules back in early July, the Board and WSLCB staff received sufficient input to warrant re-filing the proposed rules. Last week, the Board held five public hearings across the state to hear community input.
Key elements of the revised rules include limiting the amount of total marijuana production, identifying the number of retail locations per county and their locations, identifying the total amount of product that a licensee may have on hand, as well as further clarifying certain definitions and other revisions.
Should the Board accept the proposed rules on September 4, 2013, staff will immediately file a new CR 102 (proposed rulemaking) with the Code Reviser's Office, begin a six week schedule of collecting public input and holding at least one public hearing. The agency's published timeline will be adjusted to reflect the new schedule.
"The process is working exactly as it should," said agency director Rick Garza. "Potential licensees, local governments, law enforcement and the general public all deserve clarity and certainty in the rules. 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."
The Board says it remains on schedule to meet the I-502 required deadline of having rules in place by December 1, 2013.
Here's the revised proposed rulemaking schedule
· September 4, 2013 File Supplemental CR 102 with revised proposed rules
· October 9, 2013 Public Hearing (Location TBD)
· October 16, 2013 Board Adoption (CR 103)
· November 16, 2013 Rules become effective
· Nov. 18 - Dec. 18, 2013 WSLCB accepts applications (30-day window)