Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

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The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, formerly the Washington State Liquor Control Board, is an administrative agency of the State of Washington. The Liquor and Cannabis Board is part of the executive branch and reports to the Governor. The board's primary function is the licensing of on and off premises establishments which sell any type of alcohol, and the enforcement and education of the state's alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis laws.

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Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Agency overview
FormedJanuary 23, 1934 (1934-01-23)
(As the Washington State Liquor Control Board)
TypeLiquor control board
Jurisdiction Washington
Headquarters3000 Pacific Avenue S.E.
Olympia, Washington,
United States
Employees300+
Agency executives
  • Rick Garza, Executive Director
  • David Postman, Board Chair
Key document
WebsiteWashington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
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In November 2011, citizen's initiative 1183 was passed to end the state monopoly on liquor sales that has held since the end of prohibition, beginning June 1, 2012.[1] State and local government revenues are projected to increase by $42 million and $38 million respectively over the next six years as a result[2] along with a 48 percent increase in alcohol consumption.[3]

In November 2012, citizen's initiative 502 was passed legalizing the recreational use of cannabis and assigning regulation of the cannabis industry to the then Liquor Control Board. The board's name was officially changed to reflect the addition of cannabis effective July 24, 2015.[4]