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Washington State Liquor Control Board Will Carry Out Initiative 502

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I personally voted against Initiative 502, but it passed. So…know, what does that mean? Where will it be sold? Can you buy it with a gallon of milk? Can I grow weed myself…legally? I’m honestly not sure! There are numerous questions surrounding the entire initiative that will be answered in the coming weeks.

One thing is for certain, this will not be a quick process. The Washington State Liquor Board will be spending the next year, up until December of 2013, setting the rules and regulations on how marijuana will be distributed for recreational use in the state of Washington.

Does that also mean they will change their name to the Washington State Liquor and Marijuana Board? In the meantime, the still named Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) issued the following statement regarding the apparent passage of Initiative 502:

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will move forward to carry out the will of the voters who Tuesday passed Initiative 502.

I-502 establishes precedent for growing, processing, retailing and possessing marijuana. Essentially, a system will be built from the ground up. The initiative provides the WSLCB until Dec. 1, 2013 to craft rules for implementation. We expect that it will take the full year to craft the necessary rules which will provide the framework for the new system. As we develop the rules we will keep in mind our top priority, public safety.

Questions remain ahead as we work to implement I-502. Chief among them is the issue that marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

We will reach out to the federal Department of Justice in the coming weeks for clarification. We will also communicate with our state partners such as the Washington State Patrol, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and others affected by I-502.

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[Via Mercer Island Reporter]


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