Proposed Rules

Official Timeline

The below timeline reflects the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s official timeline for implementation of Initiative 502. The Board and staff are working from this timeline going forward. By law, the WSLCB must have the rules written by December 1, 2013. The agency is on track to meet this deadline. If and/or when timeframes change we will communicate those changes via the GovDelivery and our agency Twitter.

  • May 16
    Send initial draft rules to stakeholders for comment.
  • June 19
    Board work session on proposed rules (schedule will be posted here soon);
  • July 3
    Board files official draft rules (CR 102) with the state Code Reviser*;
    • Small Business Economic Impact Statement issued with CR 102;
  • August 6-8 
    Public hearing on draft rules;
  • August 14
    Board adopts rules;
  • September 16
    Effective date for rules; and
  • September 16
    WSLCB begins accepting applications for all license types.
  • December 1
    Rules are complete (as mandated by law). Begin issuing Producer, Processor
    and Retail licenses to qualified applicants.

* Should the draft rules need substantial changes after submitting for comment, the WSLCB is required
by law to resubmit the CR 102. Resubmitting the CR 102 could move the license issuance date to late
December 2013.

Public Comment
Please forward your initial comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, e-mail, or fax.

By mail:
Rules Coordinator
Liquor and Cannabis Board
P.O. Box 43080
Olympia, WA 98504-3080

By e-mail:

By fax: 360-664-9689

Thanks for your interest in the implementation of I-502. Please be sure to check back often.


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