Washington: Board Delays Marijuana Rules After Extensive Public Input

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The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) has delayed releasing draft rules for the implementation of recreational marijuana legalization in the state. Director Rick Garza blamed the delay on extensive last-minute public input on the rules.

The WSLCB on Monday issued dates for filing its recreational marijuana draft rules.

June 19 Board work session on proposed rules
July 3 Board files official draft rules (CR 102) with the state Code Reviser
August 7 Public hearing on draft rules
August 14 Board adopts rules
September 14 Effective date for rules
September 14 WSLCB begins accepting applications for all license types.

June 10 was the deadline for collecting public input on the board's first cut of draft rules that were released on May 16. "While the initial written comments on the rules were relatively light, the agency received extensive written comment over the weekend and throughout the day from public and private organizations," the WSLCB said in a Monday press release.

“In keeping with our goal of an open and transparent process for drafting the rules, we’re going to take an additional two weeks to consider the last-minute input we’ve received,” said WSLCB Director Rick Garza.

“The Board was prepared to issue the rules on June 19," Garza said. "However, it’s our responsibility to carefully review and consider the comments we received.”

The WSLCB is drafting the rules that, together with Colorado, will govern what it is calling "the world’s only comprehensive systems of growing, processing and retailing marijuana for recreational use."

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