The state Liquor Board is wasting no time getting on board with the newly passed marijuana initiative. Most notably: It will take a full year to create all the rules needed to set up a marijuana sales system in the state.
Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) issued the following statement regarding the apparent passage of Initiative 502.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board will move forward to carry out the will of the voters who Tuesday passed Initiative 502.
I-502 establishes precedent for growing, processing, retailing and possessing marijuana. Essentially, a system will be built from the ground up. The initiative provides the WSLCB until December 1, 2013 to craft rules for implementation. We expect that it will take the full year to craft the necessary rules which will provide the framework for the new system. As we develop the rules we will keep in mind our top priority, public safety.
Questions remain ahead as we work to implement I-502. Chief among them is the issue that marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.
A fact sheet about how I-502 affects the WSLCB are posted on the agency website at www.liq.wa.gov.