Washington: Liquor Control Board Sets Public Hearings For Marijuana Legalization Implementation


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Washington State Liquor Control Board on Wednesday announced four public hearings across the state regarding the proposed rules for the implementation of Initiative 502 marijuana legalization.

The hearings are a required part of the rule-making process and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer public testimony on the proposed rules for I-502.

“Everything we’ve done regarding I-502 has drawn a crowd and we want to accommodate everyone,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “Having four hearings across the state allows us to do that.

"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,” Foster said.

Washington regulators intend to charge $1,250 in license and application fees for marijuana growers and retailers, reports Jacob Sullum at Reason.com. Cannabis itself will be taxed 25 percent at each of three levels (growing, processing, and retailing). Home cultivation, unfortunately, is not permitted.

August 6: Shoreline Community College
Main Dining Hall
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

August 7: Red Lion Hotel
Fir and Spruce Ballroom
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

August 7: Central Washington University
Student Union Ballroom B and C
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

August 8: Spokane Convention Center
Ballroom 100A
334 West Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Graphic: Washington State Liquor Control Board/Reason.com)