Liquor Control Board approves filing of proposed rules to implement Initiative 502

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today approved the filing of proposed supplemental rules that, if ultimately enacted, will help govern Washington state’s system of producing, processing and retailing recreational marijuana.

The board allocated a maximum of 334 retail outlets statewide, including one on Mercer Island and 61 in King County overall.

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.

The board earlier this summer filed proposed rules on July 3, 2013. The board chose to revise and re-file its rules after receiving public input at five public hearings across Washington.

“These rules fulfill the public expectation of creating a tightly-regulated and controlled system while providing reasonable access to participation in the market, said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “Importantly, we believe these rules meet the eight federal government enforcement priorities within Thursday’s guidance memo from the Department of Justice.”

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