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May 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Draft rules for marijuana to be released today

An initial draft of the state’s rules for recreational marijuana will be released this afternoon, according to the state Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with implementing a regulated seed-to-store sysem.

The draft rules will be released around 1 p.m. today on the WSLCB’s website.  There’s also a fact sheet detailing what areas the rules will likely cover.

The Seattle Times will also have more coverage following the release of the rules, which Brian Smith, spokesman for the WSLCB, called a “a vetting process for stakeholders.”

The liquor board wants input on the intial draft rules by June 10. The best way to contact the LCB is via email at rules@liq.wa.gov.

The board plans to release formal draft rules in mid-June, which are more difficult to revise, according to Smith.

The rules are expected to become effective in late August, opening the door for WSLCB to start accepting applications from producers, processors, and retailers by September, and to start issuing licenses by Dec. 1 as required by Initiative 502.

Last November, Washington voted to legalize recreational marijuana after the initiative passed by 56 percent of the vote.

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