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The state Liquor Control Board, responsible for regulating and taxing marijuana in Washington state, estimates the price of legal pot will average $12 per gram.
That's among the interesting tidbits in this Liquor Control Board fact sheet, which the agency has posted to a new web page designed to help Washington residents keep track of progress to develop regulations for growing and selling marijuana.
In addition to licensing fees, there's a 25 percent excise tax at the wholesale level and another 25 percent excise tax at the retail level. Estimates vary on the amount of tax revenue expected to be generated.
Additional material added, 1:50 p.m. June 22
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The aftermath of Initiative 1183 continues. A West side group, the 1183 Coalition, announced on Friday it filed a Thurston County suit contesting how the state implemented the rules covering sales from retail locations.
I-1183, passed by voters last fall, allows private sales of liquor across Washington state.
The coalition includes the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA), the Northwest Grocery Association (NWGA) and Costco Wholesale Corp.
The suit is particularly focused on Liquor Control Board rulings that deter retail-to-retail sales. The main concerns are:
- 24-liter per day restriction on sales of wine and spirits from retailers to restaurants
- Restrictions on delivery locations for spirits distributors
- Imposition of unauthorized fee on certain spirits manufacturers
- Discrimination against foreign spirit producers ability to market product to retailers
Attorneys for the coalition say the board's approach “arbitrarily restricts the wholesale distribution and pricing of wine and spirits. This approach erodes small businesses' ability to compete in the marketplace; it protects distributors from competition and increases prices for consumers.”
Two downtown bars were cited by the state Liquor Control Board for over-serving a man who, while drunken driving, allegedly caused a fatal accident on Interstate 90 in December.
The driver, Sterling N. Kruger, 22, of Davenport, Wash., died after entering the eastbound highway going the wrong way, and collided with an eastbound vehicle killing both the driver James Roscoe Bolton, 61, of Spokane Valley; and his passenger, Trina Louise Erickson, 47, of Spokane Valley.
After an investigation, the liquor board discovered that Kruger had visited three downtown nightclubs that night, two of which were cited for allowing an intoxicated person to consume/possess alcohol.
The Lion’s Lair, 205 W. Riverside Ave., faces a five-day liquor license suspension or a $500 fine, while the BLVD House of Music faces a 30-day license suspicion. This is the third violation for the BLVD within two years, officials said.