OLYMPIA, WA --The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) Thursday, October 20, issued an emergency license suspension to Sedro Wooley’s “Top Market” after investigations found multiple violations of state and federal laws.
- Address: 838 W State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
- Endorsements: Beer/Wine Specialty Shop, Cigarette, Tobacco, and Vapor Product Retailer
Top Market had five separate violations of sales of restricted products (cigarettes and vapor products) to persons under age 21 within the past 14 months.
According to staff report’s in the Board’s final order, the licensee and employees of the business “demonstrated an egregious lack of compliance towards public safety and restricting the sales of regulated products to persons 21 years of age or older.” The Board unanimously voted to suspend Top Market’s cigarette, tobacco and vapor product license. Top Market’s license will remain suspended for a period of 180 days, during which the LCB will pursue permanent revocation.
The LCB educates licensees to reach compliance and enforces Washington’s liquor, cannabis and tobacco laws and regulations. The LCB is mandated to ensure that licensees in Washington State follow state laws and regulations. When licensees fail to comply with state law, the Board, under state authority can take action including the issuance of suspensions to ensure public health and safety.
Emergency suspensions represent an extraordinary exercise of the state’s power. The LCB is mandated to ensure that an emergency suspension is reasonable, justifiable and legal.
For more information about laws related to vapor products visit the Tobacco-Vapor section of the LCB website found at lcb.wa.gov.