Some notable revisions added to the rules include a statewide production limit set at 40 metric tons, statewide space for marijuana production capped at 2 million feet and a limit of three producer or processor licenses to any entity or principals within any entity.
Here are more highlights of the rules:
o Tier 1 – less than 2000 square feet
o Tier 2 – 2000 to 10,000 square feet
o Tier 3 – 10,000 to 30,000 square feet
· Added a definition for “plant canopy” to clarify what area is considered in the square footage calculation for marijuana producers
· Revised the definition of “Public Park” to include parks owned or managed by a metropolitan park district. Clarified that trails are not included in the definition of “Public Park ”
· Revised the definition of “recreation center or facility.” Added the language “owned and/or managed by a charitable non-profit organization, city, county, state, or federal government”
Using OFM population data as well as adult consumption data supplied by the state’s marijuana consultant – BOTEC Analysis Corporation -- the Board allocated a maximum of 334 outlets statewide. The most populous cities within the county are allocated a proportionate number of stores and at-large stores available to serve other areas of the county.
December 6, 2012 Effective date of new law
September 4, 2013 File Supplemental CR 102 with revised proposed rules
October 9, 2013 Public hearing(s) on proposed rules (time and location TBD)
October 16, 2013 Board adopts or rejects proposed rules (CR 103)
November 16, 2013 Rules become effective
November 18, 2013 Begin accepting applications for all three licenses (30-day window)
December 1, 2013 Deadline for rules to be complete (as mandated by law)
December 18, 2013 30-day window closes for producer, processor and retailer license applications
One or more public hearings on the proposed rules will be scheduled soon. Dates and locations of those hearings, as well as summary documents, frequently asked questions, the allocation of retail stores and other documents can be found on the WSLCB at www.liq.wa.gov
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