The Washington State Liquor Control Board has announced that it will file an emergency rule revision on October 16th to make a change to the rules which specifies how far recreational marijuana shops must be from schools, child centers, and public parks.
The current rules that were filed on September 4th state “the distance shall be measured along the most direct route over or across established public walks, streets, or other public passageway between the proposed building/business location to the perimeter of the grounds.”
The rule was written in this way to make it simpler for marijuana business owners to find storefront locations without being in violation of the 1,000 feet rule. However, now the LCB has realized the original measurement-style conflicts with federal law.
The revised rule will make it so the distance from a collective “shall be measured as the shortest straight line distance from the property line of the licensed premises to the property line” of properties such as libraries, arcades, public transit center, schools, churches, and day care centers.
Liquor Control Board Director Rick Garza said, “Although the emergency rule won’t be filed until October 16th, it is critical that we announce our intentions now so that potential licensees, local government and law enforcement will have clarity and predictability going forward.”
It is anticipated that this rule revision will not impact the implementation of I-502 rules.