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November 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM
The Washington state Liquor Control Board announced it will hold a hearing on Nov. 13 to take public testimony on proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana system.
The hearing is scheduled for the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University , 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey, WA 98503.
The draft recommendations on which the Board will take comment cover eight categories that include possession amounts, medical marijuana authorizing requirements, taxation and other topics.
The Board will present final recommendations to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2014. It continues to take written testimony at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event agenda is posted on the Board website at www.liq.wa.gov. For more information about the current state of medical marijuana, please visit the WSLCB website or the Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov.
October 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM
The Associated Press
Washington state has approved rules for its new legal marijuana industry.
After nearly a year of research, planning and public hearings, the three-member state Liquor Control Board adopted the rules today.
The regulations cover everything from the security and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores can open in cities across the state.
Washington and Colorado voted last year to legalize marijuana and allow its sale for recreational use at state-licensed stores. In Washington, supporters hope the sale of taxed pot to adults over 21 might bring the state tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.
The proposed rules allow up to 334 pot stores to open in Washington. The stores are expected to open by next summer.
Colorado approved its marijuana industry rules last month.
July 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM
The state Liquor Control Board has revised its schedule for public hearings on proposed rules for a legal recreational marijuana system.
To accommodate community interest, the board has moved a hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 6 from Shoreline Community College to Seattle Center. The board also scheduled a hearing in Everett on the same day at 1 p.m. The updated schedule is:
Aug. 6, Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett, 1-4 p.m.
Aug. 6, Seattle Center, Northwest and Olympic Rooms, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 7, Red Lion Hotel, Fir and Spruce Ballroom, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW., Olympia, 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Aug. 7, Central Washington University, Student Union Ballroom B and C, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 8, Spokane Convention Center, Ballroom 100A, 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, 6-9 p.m.
July 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM
The state Liquor Control Board will hold four public hearings in early August on its proposed rules for a legal recreational marijuana system.
The hearings — scheduled for Shoreline, Olympia, Ellensburg and Spokane — are required as part of the rulemaking process and allow for public testimony. The proposed rules can be downloaded here.
“This is a chance for those who are impacted by, or anticipate being involved in, the business of marijuana to testify for the record about the proposed rules,” said Sharon Foster, the board’s chair.
Details on the hearings:
Aug. 6, Shoreline Community College, Main Dining Hall, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline, 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 7, Red Lion Hotel, Fir and Spruce Ballroom, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, 9:30 am-noon.
Aug. 7, (that’s right, two hearings on the same day) Central Washington University, Student Union Ballroom B and C, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 8, Spokane Convention Center, Ballroom 100A, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, 6-9 p.m.
June 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM
The primary author of Washington’s marijuana law is calling for state regulators to write numerous rules to limit youth access to legal adult weed.
Alison Holcomb, drug policy director for ACLU of Washington, has joined with advocates for public health and minority communities in sending recommendations today to the state Liquor Control Board.
Charged with creating a legal adult pot system, the board issued initial draft rules last month. After today’s deadline for receiving feedback, the board expects to release proposed rules later this month.
The goal of the law, Holcomb said, is to improve on our experiences with alcohol and tobacco, not repeat them. “It was not intended to ‘mint marijuana millionaires’ who prioritize profits over public health,” she added, referring to entrepreneur Jamen Shively’s recent statements that he aims to create a national marijuana brand that makes investors rich.
Holcomb joined a group of racial and ethnic community leaders in sending one set of recommendations to the board. She also worked with substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals on a similar but separate proposals.
Holcomb and public health called for the following rules:
May 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM
The Washington State Liquor Control Board announced today it has unanimously chosen Rick Garza to serve as its next agency director.
Garza, the agency’s deputy director, replaces Pat Kohler, who was recently appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to lead the Washington State Department of Licensing.
According to a press release from the liquor board, Garza has led the agency’s policy, legislation and media relations. He also serves as its legislative and tribal liaison. Garza has been with the Liquor Control Board since 1997.
“Rick was a clear and unanimous choice by the board,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “Rick’s leadership on policy, legislative and tribal matters has been instrumental to the agency’s successes. He is regarded by stakeholders and legislators as an expert on many issues and is frequently called upon to help find solutions to difficult challenges.”
Gov. Jay Inslee lauded the Board’s choice for agency director.
“I have known Rick for many years and I’m thrilled the board selected him to lead the agency,” said Inslee. “He is a creative leader and a team player and I have full confidence in his ability to lead the agency during this important time.”
The LCB is drafting the rules, along with Colorado, that will govern the world’s only comprehensive systems of growing, processing and retailing marijuana for recreational use. The agency expects to begin accepting license applications in September.
Prior to joining the Liquor Control Board, Rick served 13 years as a staff member for the Washington State Legislature, including five years with the Washington State Senate and eight years with the state House. His legislative assignments included policy analyst in the state Senate, House of Representatives staff director, and adviser to House and Senate leadership.
April 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM
The state Liquor Control Board made it official this morning: Pot licenses for growers and processors will be granted later than initially planned, likely meaning pot stores won’t open until next spring.
As we reported last week, the board’s staff was moving toward a delay, saying it makes more sense to issue all three licenses at once instead of staggering them as the board’s tentative timeline had done.
Under that earlier timeline, the first draft rules, for growers’ licenses, would be issued this month. After public comment, the licenses would be granted in August. Processor licenses would follow in November and retail licenses in December at the earliest. All rules would be finalized by Dec. 1 as voter-approved Initiative 502 required.
In theory, stores could’ve opened in time for consumers to buy heavily taxed holiday treats this year.
April 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM
The state may delay issuing licenses to grow pot by a couple months, according to a state Liquor Control Board official.
Speaking to a pot industry group Tuesday night, liquor board Deputy Director Rick Garza said the state is looking at restructuring its timeline for implementing a recreational pot system.
The board had planned to stagger the licensing of producers, processors and retailers. In its initial timeline, the board would issue producer licenses in mid-August. Then it planned to issue processor licenses in early November and retailer licenses in mid-November. Under that schedule, state-regulated stores might open as early as December.
But Garza told local members of the National Cannabis Industry Association that board staff believe it’s probably better to create all three licenses at the same time. “All three probably need to know what the market looks like” at the time they’re getting licensed, Garza said. The Liquor Control Board would be finalizing a new timeline soon, Garza said, and it “won’t change dramatically, maybe by a couple months.”
“We’re finalizing the timeline based on what we’ve learned and bringing the consultants on board,” said board spokesman Brian Smith. ”The published timeline has always been tentative.”
The state’s top pot consultant, Mark Kleiman, said two weeks ago that stores may not be open until the spring of 2014.
The decision is up to the three appointed board members, Garza stressed. Staff would be making their recommendation soon, he added.
“We want to do it right,” said board member Ruthann Kurose, who attended the Tuesday panel discussion at McCormick & Schmick’s on Seattle’s Lake Union.
Also at the event was Michael Sautman, who was the top horticulture expert on Kleiman’s consulting team. Steve Davenport, project manager for Kleiman’s BOTEC Analysis team, confirmed that Sautman was no longer part of the team.
Sautman declined to comment about his leaving the team. Davenport said Sautman wasn’t fired.
He had “some contractual issues with a previous employer,” Davenport said, adding he was reluctant to say more about Sautman except that BOTEC had another expert on its team, Matt Cohen of the Emerald Growers Association, to provide expertise.
Randy Simmons, marijuana project director for the Liquor Control Board, said Sautman apparently had an agreement with another company that made his work for BOTEC a potential conflict. “The issue is between BOTEC and him,” Simmons said, not Sautman and the state.
Sautman expressed frustration about the situation in a meeting Monday with liquor board contracting officials, Simmons said. “I think he’s upset, thinking there’s nobody with his expertise in production,” Simmons said.
November 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM
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.
May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM
In a 2-1 vote, the Washington State Liquor Control Board today rejected the city of Seattle’s request to let bars and nightclubs serve liquor later than the state’s current 2 a.m. cutoff.
Board members Sharon Foster and Ruthann Kurose said they were concerned about public safety in voting against the proposal.
Law enforcement agencies around the state opposed the proposal. Foster noted that both the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs opposed the measure.
Commissioners were also concerned that granting the request would come about the same time commercial outlets will be selling liquor under I-1183 and sales could increase five-fold.
Board member Chris Marr supported the proposal and said the defeat represented a lost opportunity for the board to define a new role for itself in an era of increased access to alcohol
He noted that Seattle was asking only for an opportunity to draft rules that would have addressed public safety and neighborhood concerns.
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