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Washington State Liquor Control Board Issues Initial Draft Recreational Marijuana Rules for Public Comment

Liquor Control Board Issues Initial Draft Recreational Marijuana Rules for Public Comment

Board to accept public input through June 10, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On Thursday The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) issued its initial draft rules for Washington State's emerging recreational marijuana market. Voters approved legal marijuana for recreational use with the passage of Initiative 502 (I-502) in November 2012. The WSLCB is seeking public comment on its initial draft rules before officially initiating the formal draft rule-making process in mid-June. The WSLCB will accept public comment on its initial draft through June 10, 2013.

The initial draft rules, posted today on the WSLCB website and issued to the over 4,700 subscribers on its I-502 email list, reflect the agency's initial thinking on what Washington's emerging system of producing, processing, and retailing recreational marijuana may look like.

"These initial rules balance our goal of developing a tightly regulated system with reasonable access for small and large business models to participate within the system," said Board Chair Sharon Foster. "They are based upon hundreds of hours of internal research and deliberation, consultation with multiple industry experts and input from the over 3,000 individuals who attended our forums statewide."

The initial draft rules reflect the Board's stated goal of developing a tightly regulated and controlled recreational marijuana market. Included in the rules are elements that address out-of-state diversion of product, trace ability of product from start to sale, youth access and other public and consumer safety concerns.

Below are some key elements proposed in the initial draft rules.

License Requirements

  • Application Window -- The application window would open for 30 days for all license types and extended or re-opened at the Board's discretion. This approach was similar to how Colorado opened its medical marijuana system.
  • Background Checks -- License applicants and financiers would be required to submit a form attesting to their criminal history, provide fingerprints, and allow criminal background checks.
  • Point System -- The WSLCB would employ a disqualifying criminal history point system similar to liquor. An exception would be allowed for two misdemeanor convictions of possession within three years.

Public Safety

  • Producer Structures -- Producer operations would be allowed in both secure indoor grows or greenhouses.
  • Trace ability -- A robust and comprehensive trace ability software system will trace product from start to sale.
  • Violation Guidelines -- In addition to the $1,000 fine for certain violations established by I-502, the initial draft rules also include a strict tiered system of violation penalties over a three year period (similar to the current standard penalty guidelines for liquor).
  • Security -- The rules direct strict on-site surveillance systems similar to Colorado's current system.
  • Advertising Restrictions -- I-502 restricts advertising within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, transit centers, arcades, and other areas where children are present. The draft rules further restrict advertising as they pertain to children.

Consumer Safety

  • Behind the Counter Storage -- No open containers allowed.
  • Package and Label Requirements -- Consumers will know contents and potency of products they purchase.
  • Defined Serving Size -- Serving sizes equal 10 mg of THC. Products are limited to 100 mg.
  • Lab Tested -- Uniform testing standards by independent accredited labs.

The WSLCB is working with its consultant, BOTEC Analysis Corporation, to identify marijuana consumption levels in each county. The WSLCB will use that data at a later date to identify the number of retail stores in each county. Should the number of applicants exceed the number of retail outlets identified for each county, the WSLCB will hold a lottery to choose entities eligible to apply.

Following the June 10, 2013, deadline for comment, the WSLCB will incorporate appropriate changes to the rules before officially filing draft rules later in June.

Additional information about I-502, including: a timeline for implementation, answers to frequently asked questions, and a fact sheet are available on the WSLCB website at www.liq.wa.gov

 

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