OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Liquor Control Board on Wednesday approves filing of proposed rules to implement Initiative 502. If these rules are enacted they will help govern the state's system of producing, processing, and retailing recreational marijuana.
The board filed proposed rules in July which have since been revised after receiving public input at five public hearings across the state.
The number of retail stores will be allocated by population, with a limit on how many can be situated in each of the state's larger cities.
Benton County: 10 retail outlets
West Richland 1
At large: 2
Franklin County: 5 retail outlets
At large: 1
Kittitas County: 4 retail outlets
At large: 2
Walla Walla County: 4 retail outlets
At large: 2
Yakima County: 14 retail outlets
At large: 6
Key Public Safety Elements
Public safety is the top priority of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
Key Consumer Safety Elements
The proposed rules provide a heightened level of consumer safety that has not existed previously.
Revisions to the Rules
Below are selected highlights found in the revised rules.
Market Control Limits
On-Site Product Limits
1,000 Foot Buffer Measurement
In addition to the revisions to the rules, the Board today also identified the number and allocation of retail stores. Per Initiative 502, the WSLCB applied a method that allocates retail store locations using Office of Financial Management (OFM) population with a cap on the number of retail stores per county.
Using OFM population data as well as adult consumption data supplied by the state's marijuana consultant – BOTEC Analysis Corporation -- the Board allocated a maximum of 334 outlets statewide. The most populous cities within the county are allocated a proportionate number of stores and at-large stores available to serve other areas of the county.
December 6, 2012 Effective date of new law
September 4, 2013 File Supplemental CR 102 with revised proposed rules
October 9, 2013 Public hearing(s) on proposed rules (time and location TBD)
October 16, 2013 Board adopts or rejects proposed rules (CR 103)
November 16, 2013 Rules become effective
November 18, 2013 Begin accepting applications for all three licenses (30-day window)
December 1, 2013 Deadline for rules to be complete (as mandated by law)
December 18, 2013 30-day window closes for producer, processor and retailer license applications