By Steve Elliott
The Washington State Liquor Control Board this week will file the CR103 for Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measure approved by state voters last November. Filing the CR103 is the formal procedure for adoption of the proposed rules to implement I-502, and is the final step in the rule-making process.
After first announcing that the CR103 would be filed on Wednesday, the WSLCB a few hours later sent out another announcement saying that it will be filed "later this week."
"Due to the need to incorporate the large number of public comments into the concise explanatory statement that must be sent to stakeholders prior to filing the CR103, the Board will file the CR103 later this week," the second announcement reads. "The WSLCB will still begin accepting applications on November 18."
The rules become effective 30 days after adoption, which is where the November 18 date originates.
"Over these last several months we have put together a comprehensive system of rules which will serve as the foundation for this new industry," said Board Chair Sharon Foster. "This has been a very open process of rule-making with public involvement each step of the way.
"We appreciate all of the support and involvement we've had from Gov. [Jay] Inslee, local officials, law enforcement, industry members and Washington citizens along the way," she ssaid.
The Board claims the adopted rules achieve its stated goal of implementing a "tightly regulated and controlled" recreational marijuana market.