Update: State Liquor Board Releases Dates for I-502 Public Forums

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) has adopted a tentative timeline for implementation of Initiative 502 and will hold public forums on the topic starting later this month, according to an email sent by the WSLCB Monday.

Update, Jan. 15: The Washington State Liquor Control Board has released the dates and locations for a series of six public meetings that will address implementation of I-502.

Here is the schedule and agneda:

Jan. 22: WSLCB Headquarters, Conference Room 201
• 3000 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Jan. 24: Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
• 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Feb. 7: Clark College, Vancouver, Foster Auditorium
• 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

Feb. 12: Spokane City Hall, Council Chambers
• 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

Feb. 19: Skagit Valley College, Mt. Vernon, Theater
• 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Feb. 21: Yakima City Hall, Council Chambers
• 129 North Second St, Yakima, WA 98901

• 6 to 7 p.m. Open house with board and staff 
• 7 to 7:05 p.m. Board welcome
• 7:05 to 7:15 p.m. Overview of board’s role in implementation and timeline
• 7:15 to 10 p.m. Public testimony


Original post, Jan. 14: The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) has adopted a tentative timeline for implementation of Initiative 502, according to an email sent by the WSLCB Monday.

The timeline (which can be found in an attached pdf), shows a month-by-month estimated view of certain milestones in implementing the initiative, which will allow adults to purchase and use small amounts of marijuana in the state. 

By June, the board expects to begin accepting marijuana producer license applications. In September, they expect to begin issuing producer licenses and taking applications for processor and retail licenses, with those licenses becoming effective as of Dec. 1.

What do you think of the tentative timeline to implement I-502? Do you see any stumbling blocks along the way? Tell us in comments.

The timeline is subject to change, the email said. However, the timeline was vetted internally and is a general estimate of what to expect in the coming year.

Upcoming Public Forums

The WSLCB will announce a series of evening public forums Tuesday, Jan. 15. These forums will be an opportunity for people to: 

A) Meet certain Board staff involved in implementation;

B) Get an update on implementation; and

C) Provide input (testimony) to the Board about things they believe are important for the Board to consider as it develops rules.

The first will be in Olympia the evening of Jan. 22. Patch will post details as soon as they are available.

The November passage of Initiative 502 made personal use amounts of marijuana legal in the state. The state must now license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over 21; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues by a deadline of Dec. 1, 2013.

Chad Clark January 15, 2013 at 01:11 PM
International treatys signed decade's ago will prevent the implementation of any of these laws (doesn't matter which party controls the white house) so don't blame Obama when the Feds shut it DOWN!
Tony Bussert January 15, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Obama already said that he was going to let the "experiment" play out in Washington and Colorado. The governor has said that if the feds were going to sue they would have to relook at implementing I-502. Given the feds stance right now the state is going ahead. As long as everyone plays by the rules that the state sets up the federal government will leave it alone and see how things go.
Phillip January 15, 2013 at 06:44 PM
There are international treaties against torture as well, we didn't honor those, so I really don't see how any decades old treaty would come into play here.
Edward A. January 15, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Touché, Phillip -- that made me chuckle, albeit a little mournfully :) There are all kinds of rules that get broken all the time. For example, the rules regarding the formation of plural nouns in English.
Local Guy January 16, 2013 at 04:31 PM
"Obama already said that he was going to let the "experiment" play out in Washington and Colorado." No, not quite... He has said that he would not pursue recreational users with no such similar comments on producers, distributors or retailers. Why is this distinction significant? Because of the similar song and dance played out by his administration over the past four years in regards to medical marijuana patients. Simply stated, in matters involving his Attorney General and marijuana, any medical marijuana patient will tell you that he and his administration has lied to the public about their stated intent vs the actions of rogue federal prosecutors in medical marijuana states. One only has to look at Durkin vs Ormsby in this state for ugly confirmation...


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