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August 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Additional time to create rules for legal pot

State is blunderingly slow

Kirk Ludden (left), Daniel Stevens and Dan Skokie talk before a marijuana forum hosted by the state Liquor Control Board at Seattle City Hall in January of this year. The board has recommended that rules be postponed as it further considers the public feedback it has received. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Kirk Ludden (left), Daniel Stevens and Dan Skokie talk before a marijuana forum hosted by the state Liquor Control Board at Seattle City Hall in January. The board has recommended that rules be postponed as it further considers the public feedback it has received. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Recently, I commented on the state Liquor Control Board’s blunderingly slow process for formulating rules for growing and selling pot. [“Board seeks additional time in crafting rules for legal pot,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 14.]

The one constituency the state seems to have forgotten is the consumer. I know the lawyers who wrote Initiative 502 crammed every possible contingency into it. But the worst was putting the state in charge and giving it a year to get the system up and running. It will use every minute of it.

The state is good at lots of things, but as we just voted them out of the liquor business, how on Earth did we think they would be good at the pot business. Once the state’s bureaucrats got a hold of the process, what we get is repeated delay.

How many more delays can we expect?

Peter Arthur, Seattle

 

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