The state Liquor Control Board will hold a public hearing tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss its recent revisions to rules governing recreational marijuana businesses. The meeting will take place at Seattle City Hall‘s Bertha Knight Landes Room, at 600 4th Avenue.
The revised rules were released Sept. 4 and address issues with the original draft. The new version limits the amount of marijuana produced and details how many retailers will
be allowed across the state. This includes 334 proposed retail locations in Washington, with 21 slated for Seattle.
According to the I-502 website, “These rules reflect the Board’s stated goal of developing a tightly regulated and controlled market, and also demonstrate the agency’s initial thinking on how best to achieve that market. The Board is concerned with out-of-state diversion of product, traceability of products, responsible business practices, youth access and other public and consumer safety issues.”
As we’ve discussed on Central District News, the Board’s location restrictions limit retail shops to only a handful of areas in the city. Potential locations, per these rules, include the area around 23rd and Union, which has Central District neighbors raising both concerns and cheers at the possibility of pot shops here. The Board has made no decisions about whether they’ll allow clustering shop locations or make efforts to deliberately disperse them.
We’ll continue to cover the story as rules develop and we move closer to the reality of pot shops in Washington.