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WSLCB: New name, new laws, same acronym

OLYMPIA -- The state Liquor Control Board gets a new name today to reflect its additional authority over the state's legalized marijuana operations. 

It is now the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, which means we can all continue to use the same acronym of WSLCB.

The law that changes the name and expands the agency's authority to medical marijuana goes into effect today and is among several bills that change state law on booze and pot. Among the other laws

* The board can offer licenses for marijuana research, providing the projects are approved by the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority.

* The governor can sign agreements with Native American tribes in the state on marijuana. 

* Powdered alcohol is banned.

* Grocery stores can fill growlers of cider.

The agency was named the Liquor Control Board in 1934 as Washington came out of Prohibition, and the state operated the wholesale and retail liquor business. It was given authority over recreational marijuana under Initiative 502, which voters passed in 2012. 

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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