Washington State Liquor Control Board today approved the filing of proposed supplemental rules that, if ultimately enacted, will help govern Washington’s system of producing, processing and retailing recreational marijuana.
South Sound counties would get 54 of the 334 retail outlets to be allowed within the state, those locations allocated based upon current population estimates. Pierce County will get 31 with eight specified in Tacoma and the rest located in other municipalities, the county or at-large locations.
Thurston County is proposed to have 11 marijuana retail outlets with two each in Olympia and Lacey, one in Tumwater and the remaining six at-large locations. Mason County will have 5 available licenses and Lewis County seven.
Other elements of the proposed I-502 implementation rules require strict security for all marijuana growing operations and robust tracking of product inventory. Retail product packaging must be child-resistant and carry dosage and warning information similar to pharmaceutical items.
Limitations would also control the total amount of marijuana to be produced (40 metric tons) and limit total production at two million square-feet. No licensed entity may be involved in more than three producer or processor licensee operations.
The Liquor Control Board chose to revise and re-file rules first filed in early July after receiving public input at five public hearings across Washington. These revised rules will not be subject to comment prior to their consideration for adoption in mid-October. License applications to participate as a producer, processor or retailer will open in a 30day window November 18th.
The complete set of marijuana implementation rules is posted on the state’s website.